Among Others by Jo Walton

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Among Others is a funny, thoughtful, acute and absorbing story all the way through, but in the magic parts it is more than that.
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Winner of the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Novel

Winner of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel
Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled--and her twin sister dead.
Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England-a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off...
Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination in the manner of novels like Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude, this is potentially a breakout book for an author whose genius has already been hailed by peers like Kelly Link, Sarah Weinman, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
One of School Library Journal's Best Adult Books 4 Teens titles of 2011
One of io9's best Science Fiction & Fantasy books of the year 2011

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About Jo Walton

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JO WALTON’s novel Tooth and Claw won the World Fantasy Award, and the novels of her Small Change sequence—Farthing, Ha’penny, and Half a Crown—have won acclaim ranging from national newspapers to the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. A native of Wales, she lives in Montreal.
 
Published January 18, 2011 by Tor Books. 303 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by Ursula K Le Guin on Mar 30 2013

Among Others is a funny, thoughtful, acute and absorbing story all the way through, but in the magic parts it is more than that.

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Below average
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Feb 11 2011

The multitude of these references underlines the major problem with this novel — that very old literary problem of the degree of separation between author and narrator. Readers might ask themselves, for example, whether or not Morwenna’s favourite books are the same as Jo Walton’s.

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