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''Among Others'' is a fantasy novel by Creator/JoWalton.

15-year-old Mori has recently lost her twin sister at hands of [[EvilMatriarch their mother]], a powerful witch. She escapes into fiction and the dullness of her boarding school life, but the world of fairies and dangerous magic is always closer than is comfortable.

[[http://whatever.scalzi.com/2011/01/20/the-big-idea-jo-walton/ Loosely inspired by events from Jo's childhood in Wales]]. Won the UsefulNotes/NebulaAward in 2011 and the UsefulNotes/HugoAward in 2012.

!!This novel provides examples of:

* AllHallowsEve: [[spoiler:The dead come back for a day on Halloween]].
* AngstySurvivingTwin: Mori.
* {{Bookworm}}: Mori is obsessed with books, especially fantasy and science fiction. They are her lifeline after the horrific tragedy that killed her twin and left her crippled for life.
* EvilMatriarch: Mori's mother.
* TheFairFolk
* MagicRealism: Life in a girl's boarding school, whose bookish, FishOutOfWater protagonist just happens to be the daughter of a witch, a witch herself and who consorts regularly with fairies.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Mori is able to see supernatural beings and work magic. However, it is somewhat ambiguous as to whether the beings she sees are magical or the product of a lonely teenager's imagination, at least in the beginning of the book. The magic in this book mostly works in a subtle manner through coincidences that leave plenty of room for doubt as to whether the results were really due to magic after all, a fact which gives Mori a moment of existential crisis at one point.
* MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe: Mori is the surviving one of a pair of identical twins, Morwenna and Morganna. It gradually becomes apparent that the name she supplies when people ask her what "Mori" is short for is the name of the sister who died.
* ReferenceOverdosed: A significant part of ''Among Others'' is describing the main character's experience reading science fiction and fantasy.
* RemovedFromThePicture: After Mori's mother finds out where she's gone, she starts sending Mori old family photos with Mori burned out of them. Since Mori's mother is a witch, there's more to this than just an expression of her feelings.
* SoWhatDoWeDoNow: When the story opens, Mori has already had the amazing adventure with elves culminating against in a showdown against an evil witch; the story is about what happens after the great battle is won and the surviving heroine is left to pick up the pieces of her life. She refers several times to Tolkien's coverage of this subject at the very end of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
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