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Mark Twain cautioned readers to avoid reading health books: "You might die of a misprint." Perhaps not surprisingly, the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn said nothing comparable about the perusal of fiction. The Novel Cure lays out a radical proposal. It argues that the fiction that we read for pleasure or edification actually stealthily offers us help for relieving pangs and mental pains of everything from boredom, bad self-esteem and heartache to midlife crisis and the fear of death. To get us through our various dark nights of the soul, author Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin offer 751 novels, each linked to a tormenting problem. A book for readers; a book for booksellers.