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The Expats

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The Expats

A Novel
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREDGAR AWARD WINNER * ANTHONY AWARD WINNERBESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE ACCIDENTCan we ever escape our secrets?In the cobblestoned streets of Luxembourg, Kate Moore's days are...More
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREDGAR AWARD WINNER * ANTHONY AWARD WINNERBESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE ACCIDENTCan we ever escape our secrets?In the cobblestoned streets of Luxembourg, Kate Moore's days are...More
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  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
    EDGAR AWARD WINNER * ANTHONY AWARD WINNER
    BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE ACCIDENT

    Can we ever escape our secrets?


    In the cobblestoned streets of Luxembourg, Kate Moore's days are filled with playdates and coffee mornings, her weekends spent in Paris and skiing in the Alps. But Kate is also guarding a tremendous, life-defining secret--one that's become so unbearable that it begins to unravel her newly established expat life. She suspects that another American couple are not who they claim to be; her husband is acting suspiciously; and as she travels around Europe, she finds herself looking over her shoulder, increasingly terrified that her own past is catching up with her. As Kate begins to dig, to uncover the secrets of the people around her, she finds herself buried in layers of deceit so thick they threaten her family, her marriage, and her life.
    Stylish and sophisticated, fiercely intelligent, and expertly crafted, The Expats proves Chris Pavone to be a writer of tremendous talent.

    Now with an except from Chris Pavone's latest novel, The Accident

    Also features Extra Libris material, including a reader's guide and bonus content

 
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  • Chapter One


    Katherine had seen them many times, at international airports, with their mountains of cheap luggage, their faces merging worry with bewilderment with exhaustion, their children slumped, fathers clutching handfuls of red or green passports that set them apart from blue-passported Americans.

    They were immigrants, immigrating.

    She'd seen them departing from Mexico City after a bus from Morelia, or air transfers from Quito or Guatemala City. She'd seen them in Managua and Port-au-Prince, Caracas and Bogotá. Everywhere in the world she'd gone, she'd seen them.

    Now she is one of them.

    Now this is her, curbside at the airport in Frankfurt-am-Main. Behind her is a pile of eight oversized mismatched suitcases. She'd seen such gigantic suitcases before in her life, and had thought, Who in their right mind would ever buy such unmanageable, hideous luggage? Now she knows: someone who needs to pack absolutely everything, all at once.

    Strewn around her mountain of ugly person-size suitcases are carry-on bags and a purse and two computer bags and two little-child knapsacks, and, on low-lying outcroppings, jackets and teddy bears and a Ziploc filled with granola bars and fruit, both fresh and dried, plus brown M&M's; all the more popular colors had been eaten before Nova Scotia.

    This is her, clutching her family's blue passports, distinct from the Germans' burgundy, standing out not just because of the vinyl colors, but because locals don't sit around on piles of hideous luggage, clutching passports.

    This is her, not understanding what anyone was saying, the language incomprehensible. After a seven-hour flight that allowed two hours of sleep, spent and hungry and nauseated and excited and fearful.

    This is her: an immigrant, immigrating.

    She'd begun by taking Dexter's family name. She'd acknowledged that she no longer needed her maiden name, her professional name. It would be easier to navigate bureaucracies, to live in a Catholic country, if the husband and wife shared the same name. She was already giving up the rest of her identity, and the name was merely incremental.

    So she is someone she's never before been: Katherine Moore. She'll call herself Kate. Friendly, easygoing Kate. Instead of severe, serious Katherine. Kate Moore sounds like someone who knows how to have a good time in Europe. For a few days she'd auditioned Katie, in her mind, but concluded that Katie Moore sounded like a children's book character, or a cheerleader.

    Kate Moore orchestrated the move. She froze or canceled or address-changed dozens of accounts. She bought the luggage. She sorted their belongings into the requisite three categories--checked baggage, air-freight, sea-freight. She filled out shipping forms, insurance forms, formality forms.

    She managed to extract herself from her job. It had not been easy, nor quick. But when the exit interviews and bureaucratic hurdles were cleared, she endured a farewell round of drinks at her boss's Capitol Hill house, which Kate was both relieved and disappointed to discover was not noticeably larger, nor in much better condition, than her own.

    This, she tells herself again, is my chance to reinvent myself. As someone who's not making a half-assed effort at an ill-considered career; not making an unenergetic, ad hoc stab at parenting; not living in an uncomfortably dilapidated house in a crappy unneighborly neighborhood within a bitter, competitive city--a place she chose when she shipped off to her freshman year at college, and never left. She'd stayed in Washington, in her career, because one thing led to another. She hadn't made her life happen; it had happened to...

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  • CHRIS PAVONE is a New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Edgar Award. He was a book editor for nearly two decades and lives in New York City with his family. Pavone's second novel, The Accident is coming out in Spring 2014

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