A Novel for Everything (And We Mean Everything) That Ails You [SHOWING SLIDE 10 OF 10]

Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin’s The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You is something to behold: an encyclopedia of maladies both spiritual and physical; under each malady’s heading, the writers suggest books that will help you overcome that particular problem. Feeling indecisive? There’s a book for that. Caring for someone with cancer? These ladies know what you should be reading. Eclectic and infectious, The Novel Cure is one of the most revealing and bracing books about books to come along in some time. We’ve chosen 10 problems the authors highlight in The Novel Cure and excerpted a bit of their reasoning as to why these particular books will help you conquer what ails you.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Kirkus Star
by Haruki Murakami, translated by Jay Rubin, Philip Gabriel

If you’re falling out of love with love: True love. Moonlight. Roses. Eternal devotion. The one. Get real, we hear you say. We have no time for such jaded attitudes. We hereby pledge to pluck you from skepticism and reawaken you to the never-ending ability of love to return, again and again. The novel with which you’ll do it is Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84. It is remarkably long, and takes place in two different worlds. But it is deeply, fundamentally romantic.