Hailed by Patricia Cornwell as “bristling with suspense” and praised by John Grisham as reminiscent of early novels by Ken Follett, Frederick Forsyth, and Robert Ludlum, The Expats garnered coast-to-coast acclaim, marking the debut of an unforgettable new voice in American fiction. Sophisticated and expertly crafted, The Expats is set in some of Europe’s most enchanting locales, and races toward a provocative, startling conclusion. We hope this guide will enhance your experience of the pulse-pounding journey.
“When I moved to Luxembourg, I adopted a relentless diet of fiction set in Europe as a way of acclimating to my new home while also continuing to read stories,” shares Chis Pavone, author of The Expats. “Here are some relatively contemporary favorites plus a few older essentials in which the geographical setting itself plays a crucial, defining, and enjoyable role.”
Susan Cain, author of the bestselling Quiet, shares reading recommendations featuring some of the most famous introverts in literature, including Sherlock Holmes and Jane Eyre. Did you know? At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. This reading list is perfect for all your RIF introverts out there!
Susan Cain believes that self-awareness is at the heart of effective communication. In Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, she shows how dramatically our culture undervalues introverts, and she identifies – based on the latest psychology and neuroscience – the advantages of being one. Here are some questions Susan answered about her passion for Quiet.
Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves. This reader’s guide will help you get the most out of your reading – whether you’re immersing yourself in Quiet or discussing it with your book group.
“In the end,” writes author Chris Pavone, “The Expats is about the themes I chose from the start: marriage, and reinvention. But I deleted most of the passages about boring activities; it’s at least as boring to read about laundry as it is to do it. Instead I added some espionage, and then a large chunk of stolen money, plus an assortment of characters’ duplicities, not to mention the FBI and the CIA and Interpol, and for good measure a dubious gun bought from a Scottish pimp in the red-light district of Amsterdam….It’s still a book about real life, housework and all. Just a little bit more exciting.”
Susan Cain, bestselling author of Quiet, shares public speaking tips for introverts, including this one: “For many speakers – and especially for introverts – preparation is key. Take your time crafting your speech so that it flows logically and is illustrated with stories and examples. Practice it out loud, until you’re comfortable. If it’s an important speech, videotape yourself.”
Bestselling author Susan Cain shares tips for raising an introverted child. Her book Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves. If you’re the parent of a “shy” child, this list will help you treasure your child. As Susan Cain points out, “introverted children can be kind, thoughtful, focused, and very interesting company.”