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Ella Minnow Pea (Paperback, 2002, Anchor Books) 4 stars

An epistolary novel set on a fictional island off the South Carolina coastline, Ella Minnow …

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3 stars

Ella Minnow Pea is a contrived fantasy set on an island of people who delight in flowery language. It features a small, old-fashioned courtship during what I would more likely describe as "a plague of letters".

It's fun and diverting. It's not difficult to read even when, about three-quarters through, it switches to using homophones instead of restricting words themselves.

The pace never rises above a gentle saunter. Don't think of it as some great literary achievement, but enjoy it for what it is.