Little Peg

Little Peg


From Publishers Weekly
Little Peg has been a resident of Everview, a psychiatric treatment center, since 1971, the year her brother Ben died of injuries sustained in Vietnam; by 1988 she has recovered to the point that she can phase back into society. Peg contemplates returning to her estranged husband and the daughter who was born prior to her self-imposed committal; protects close friend and fellow Everview patient Francis; and teaches a creative writing course where she unapologetically replaces her students' short stories with her own autobiographical work. This disconcerting practice is therapeutic and allows Peg to reveal the details of her breakdown, which she attributes mainly to the situation surrounding Ben's death; it is the vehicle by which the reader comes to understand (if not sympathize with) her behavior. Interspersed throughout the novel, the stories are Peg's perceptions of reality and are told from the points of view of Peg, her family and a family photographer, a resourceful method of flashing back although the different voices here have obviously sprung from the same source. McIlvoy ( The Fifth Station ) has written a reliable, effective account of a disturbed yet stubborn and strong personality. Reprinted from Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal
This is the second novel from McIlvoy ( The Fifth Station , LJ 3/1/88), an English professor at New Mexico State University. Peg O'Crerieh Aigley is estranged from her husband, the mother of a teenage daughter, and a teacher of creative writing in a university program for nontraditional students. For most of the past 17 years, however, she has been a voluntary resident of Everview Psychiatric Center. When her younger brother died from injuries suffered in Vietnam and her husband returned from the war unhurt, Peg was unable to tolerate either the loss or her apparent good fortune. Now she rewrites her students' stories to tell her own history, and in this act of reworking narratives she also takes control of her life. Peg's situation is somber, but the first-person account of it is witty, gutsy, and insightful. Reprinted from Albert E. Wilhelm, Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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