What is a summary of Among Others by Jo Walton?

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Jo Walton's Among Others is a fantasy novel told as the diary of 15-year-old Welsh protagonist Morwenna, who calls herself Mori for short. Mori and her twin sister Morganna have just stopped their insane mother from overpowering the fairies in their Welsh village but have also endured an accident that kills Morganna and cripples Mori's leg. Mori is then sent to live with her biological father Daniel, whom she has never met.

Daniel lives on an estate with this three sisters, and the siblings immediately place Mori in a boarding school. Mori at first struggles to make friends at school because of her independent mind, but after casting a spell to make a magical protection circle, she joins a book club at the school library and makes like-minded friends. Soon, Mori also falls for and begins a relationship with a 19-year-old boy named Wim. She discloses to Wim she is a witch and reveals her fairies, which, unlike other people, Wim is able to see too.

Mori's relationship with Wim helps her overcome her feelings of animosity toward her mother and her desires for suicide to once again be with Morganna. It also helps her find love, friendship, family, and a bright future.

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