Multiple award-winner Jo Walton’s acclaimed Among Others speaks to readers who found connections and companionship in books, especially science fiction. At her boarding school, teen Morweena Phelps struggles to overcome the isolating factors of her intellect and her physical challenges, as well as her past magical confrontations with her mother. The question of whether or not Mori is a reliable narrator adds a dimension of uncertainty to the story, told in journal entries.
unusual, and irresistibly 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 science fiction, and a spellbinding tale of
escape from ancient enchantment.
As a child growing up in
Wales, Morwenna 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 half-mad 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.
to a father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in
England--a place all but devoid of true magic. There, 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....
elements of autobiography with flights of imagination, this is a
stunning new novel by an author whose genius has already been hailed by
dozens of her peers.