2024 book club

april book

Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn

episolary · speculative fiction · progressively lipogrammatic | 200-300 pages

Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after Nevin Nollop, author of the immortal phrase containing all the letters of the alphabet, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."

Now Ella finds herself acting to save her friends, family, and fellow citizens from the encroaching totalitarianism of the island's Council, which has banned the use of certain letters of the alphabet as they fall from a memorial statue of Nevin Nollop. As the letters progressively drop from the statue they also disappear from the novel. The result is both a hilarious and moving story of one girl's fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere.


next club meeting date: April 26 @ 7pm

what we've read so far

JANUARY – A Man Called Ove

FEBRUARY – Children of the New World

MARCH – Next Year in Havana

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