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Alphabetique by Molly Peacock

Is it too early to be thinking of holiday gift giving? Not if you consider there's only about forty-six weeks to the most wonderful time of the year. And, if I may be so bold to predict, Alphabetique by Molly Peacock is in my opinion going to be one of the most gifted books this holiday season, not only because it is so beautifully written, but because it's appeal spans across the globe to a variety of book lovers.

A literary genius, Alphabetique will appeal to readers who love the satirical style of Eats, Shoots and Leaves. Inspired by the lives of the letters of the alphabet, this book is an artistry of creative writing, infused with magical humour, poetry and beautifully visual imagery. The absolute beauty is Molly Peacock's ability to illustrate the true magic of brevity, creating twenty six extraordinary stories in a just a few pages. 

“Not everything charms into words instantly.”

One of my fave stories is B, the fonts gathering for breakfast in the big house before strolling to the studios in the woods where they do their work. The design geek in me, found it adorable, relatable and the quirky humour just so touching.


"Some of the fonts at the older Reject Table (as B came to think of it) resented every new font from Comic to Zapf, but others had a soft, delicate glow. To entertain young Bembo, those oldsters talked about their work on Bs. They still liked forming better, best, and the babbling triple B words like bubble and bobble. Soon the whole table unabashedly hummed, "Baubles, bangles, bing shiny beads."


Design lovers will appreciate the reference to Times New Roman, as "blistering and bitter".


"Times sat alone at the far-end table. In a single morning meal B learned how he loved his bite, like an acid sauna. His favorite words? Bilious and blight. B had barely thought about the honours for which Times so mordantly resented being ignored. How dare people call him "B-list." He was the best. He deserved the Bulitzer, the Brillium, and the Bovernor General's Award, not to mention the Bobel Prize."


These snippets offer a sense of the charming stories, of self-discovery and insight into Molly Peacock's extraordinary body of work. She draws on some of the same wellsprings of creativity as her poetry, her memoir Paradise, Piece by Piece, and her bestselling work of biography The Paper Garden.


Once in a while I come across a book that makes me wish I had written it. Alphabetique is one of these books I'm going to add to my "NaNoWriMo Day 9 - Books I love" list on ThinkBlink. Alphabetique is a one-of-a-kind collection of stories, that is well on its way to becoming a classic and surely live on my bookshelf forever. (Now, the only thing I look forward to in the future is a local book signing by Molly Peacock. Keep me posted if you hear of one.)

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 Review by
@ShilpaRaikar for @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle

Shilpa Raikar is also a social and creative strategist for Blink Advertising and contributes for thinkblink.ca/blog

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