I have just started and finished Mark Dunn's "Ella Minnow Pea" -- a fine way to end a vacation, to be sure.
I first ran across the hardcover version at the campus bookstore of my beautifully byucky alma mater. The cover wasn't much to squeal at, but I knew I was interested and added it to my Amazon wishlist.
Fastforward four years , bump over a couple states to the San Francisco public library's Friends of the Library sale (the most expensive library sale ion my experience) and a much more attractively covered paperback.
It was four bucks. Four bucks! For a paperback! At a Friends of the Library sale! Shameful.
Anyway, I bought it and today I read it and it was a fun, fun read. All you alphebetarians out there, listen up. Imagine setting this challenge for yourself: Writing a 208-page novel with an ever-shrinking number of letters.
Anyway, the novel is epistolary which means I will have to dredge up and post the thing on epistolary novels I wrote for the AML-list three or so years ago. Expect that Monday.
I have to think that I have been overly dismissive of epistolary novels, given the charm of "Ella Minnow Pea" and the fact that Master Fob and I just completed the first draft of an epistolary novel a couple weeks ago.
Anyway, if you look at the book and like it, read it. I'm not going to spoil it for you.
In unrelated news, Lady Steed cannot find anywhere on this godforsaken planet (referring, of course, to Luvmiluvmisaythetyuluvmi, the Swedish God of Sweaters) a white cardigan with the cut, fabric, length and sleeves required to meet her exacting specifications. Sweater collectors are encouraged to point me in the direction of obscure sweater sources. Their reward will be ... well, more than you can imagine!