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An epistolary novel set on a fictional island off the South Carolina coastline, Ella Minnow Pea brings readers to the hometown of Nevin Nollop, inventor of the pangram The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog. Deified for his achievement in life, Nevin has been honored in death with a monument featuring his famous phrase. One day, however, the letter Z falls from the monument, and some of the islanders interpret the missing tile as a message from beyond the grave. The letter Z is banned from use.On an island where the residents pride them-selves on their love of language, this is seen as a tragedy. They are still reeling from the shock when another tile falls. And then another...In his charming debut, first published in 2001, Mark Dunn took readers on a journey through the eyes of Ella Minnow Pea, a young woman forced to create another clever turn of phrase in order to save the islanders beloved language. ABOUT THE AUTHORMark Dunn is the author of more than twenty-five full-length plays that have been produced nationwide and beyond. His debut novel, Ella Minnow Pea, was winner of the Borders Original Voices Book of the Year award, a finalist for the Book Sense Book of the Year award, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selected title. His second novel, Welcome to Higby, was published in 2003, followed by 2004s Ibid. He is currently at work on a childrens book and a novel, both forthcoming from MacAdam/Cage.

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Ella Minnow Pea
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LMNOP
February 24th, 2014
This continues to be one of my favourite books and I often turn to it when in need of literary and vocabularic inspiration. The premise of a story of letters told in letters continues to bring me a great sense of amusement and although a challenging read it will always be an enjoyable one.
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