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Fiction’s hidden truths can help us navigate real life.

We read fiction to escape, to fire the imagination, to explore the lives of others, to relax, to seek pleasure. Within us it has the power to evoke joy, heartbreak, empathy, serenity, even rage. It moves us. And it can help us better understand people, relationships, and the wider world. Here are some stories whose characters, narratives and themes can teach us about ourselves.

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