I haven’t read this book yet. It’s on my to-read list. But I really love the title. I have friends who have read the book and say it’s quite interesting. It’s no surprise that the plot revolves around the alphabet.
The plot summary according to Wikipedia:
“Ella Minnow Pea is set on the fictitious island of Nollop, an isle 21 miles SE off the coast of South Carolina, and home to Nevin Nollop, the supposed creator of the well-known pangram “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” This sentence is preserved on a memorial to its creator on the island and is taken very seriously by the government of the island. Throughout the book, tiles containing the letters fall from the inscription beneath the statue, and as each one does, the island’s government bans the contained letter’s use from written or spoken communication. A penalty system is enforced for using the forbidden characters, with public censure for a first offense, lashing or stocks (violator’s choice) upon a second offense and banishment from the island nation upon the third. By the end of the novel, most of the island’s inhabitants have either been banished or have left of their own accord.”