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Among Others

A Novel

by Jo Walton, introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Now in a Tor Essentials edition, Jo Walton’s Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel about the power of story to transform our lives.

Winner of the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Novel
Winner of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel

“There are the books you want to give to all your friends, and there are the books you wish you could go back and give your younger self. And then there’s the rare book, like Jo Walton’sAmong Others, that’s both.” –Charlie Jane Anders

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 in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. When her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled – and her twin sister dead.

Now, having fled to a father she barely knew, Mori is sent to boarding school in England—a place all but devoid of true magic. There, she tempts fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic attracts the attention of her broken and malign mother, pulling Morwenna toward a reckoning that will draw on everything she has learned in her years of engagement with stories and books.

“It leapt onto my all-time favorites shelf.” –Rainbow Rowell

Contributor Notes

JO WALTON's novelTooth and Clawwon the World Fantasy Award, and the novels of her Small Change sequence—Farthing,Ha'penny, andHalf a Crown—have won acclaim ranging from national newspapers to theRomantic TimesReviewer's Choice Award. A native of Wales, she lives in Montreal.

Awards
  • Short-listed, World Fantasy Award - Finalist
  • Winner, NPR Best Book of the Year
  • Winner, Hugo Award - Winner
  • , Locus Awards - Nominee
  • Winner, Nebula Awards - Winner
  • Long-listed, Romantic Times Book Award

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Not the book it at first appears to be...

This is one of those books that people seem to either love or hate. I thought the description was not really a good way of telling people what the book was about...although I don't know how else it could be described. It is one of those books that sort of eludes description and neat summary.

The book is written in diary format, which honestly, I don't always like. In this case, however, I found myself quite drawn into Mori's mind. I wondered throughout whether her perceptions were real or delusional (and no less real to the person experiencing them). The main event of Mori's life, that which forms the basis of her finding herself where she is (the confrontation with her mother and death of her twin) takes place outside of the book. The story that follows is the aftermath, the piecing together, of her life following those events.

In some ways, this book reminded me of Fire and Hemlock, by Dianna Wynne Jones. In Fire and Hemlock, we get to see a list of what must have been considered by Wynne Jones to be the best and most influential literature for children and young adults. In Among Others, Mori's experiences and perceptions are so influenced and motivated by her love of reading, particularly science fiction, and I think we see what must have been loved and breathed by Jo Walton at some point in her own life. As a reader, I love to see those influences brought out as such an integral part of the story telling. As a lover of books from childhood to adulthood, it brought me to a level of profound understanding of and empathy for the characters in both novels.

In the end, Among Others is a book of layered storytelling; of pictures being pieced together; and of parts moving and fitting and refitting. It is not a straightforward fantasy or magical realism tale, but something that requires thought and allowing the story to settle itself on the reader in its own time.

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