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.”