Chris Pavone

Three recent favorites from the author's shelves.



Former publishing insider Chris Pavone's first novel, The Expats, is a tale of espionage and intrigue in which a young mother's past catches up with her while she's living abroad in Luxembourg. This week, Pavone shares his three favorite books from the last year.


Books by Chris Pavone





King of the Badgers

By Philip Hensher


"I simply love Hensher's sentences, one after another, filled with beauty and insight and humor and honesty. This novel sprawls out from the disturbing but dubious event at its center, engulfing a fascinating cast of characters across a broad spectrum of society, painting an infinitely detailed, heavily populated canvas, like a tremendous Renaissance fresco of contemporary England."



The Art of Fielding

By Chad Harbach


"It has a baseball title, and baseball indeed occurs, but this is much more a campus coming-of-age novel -- coming of multiple ages, actually, from a variety of vantages, richly indulgent in character and language, in allusion and metaphor, almost painfully poignant, and altogether wonderful."




The Pale King

By David Foster Wallace


"Sometimes DFW didn't even need to write a full sentence to make me laugh out loud, and that's as true in this incomplete novel, cobbled together posthumously, as it was across his fully realized works. This is also a frighteningly perceptive and deeply empathetic book about, of all things, that universal soul-crusher, boredom."

April 15: "A page...will begin with some principles of astronomy, or the motion of the earth; then come the laws of sound..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.

Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet

Amara Lakhous delivers a mystery novel with its finger on the hot-button issues of today's Europe.  Immigration and multicultural conflicts erupt in the Italian city of Turin, as journalist Enzo Laganà looks to restore peace to his native burg.

Papers in the Wind

In this insightful novel by Eduardo Sacheri, a young girl left destitute by the death of her soccer-playing father is uplifted by the bold schemes of her uncle, his pals, and one newbie player to the professional leagues.