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Anyone thinking about moving abroad and taking up the expatriate lifestyle may think of reading a novel on the subject, helping them to explore the issues that many expats experience.
But do not be fooled, The Expats by Chris Pavone, which has just been published by Faber & Faber, is not the story of the average expat family.
In fact, the book is an out and out thriller, with the mother of the family and lead character, Kate Moore a former CIA operative who has killed people.
The expat side of things comes in as her husband Dexter, a computer nerd, relocates the family to Luxembourg because of his job.
There are some aspects of the novel that many expats will recognise, but it is likely that most readers will not come from the same background as Kate.
So if you are looking for a bit of escapism and more twists and turns than the average expat (thankfully) ever has to go through then this is the book for you.
Pavone is writing from experience however, as he was an expat for a while when his wife got a job in Luxembourg, which is where he started the novel.
It can be difficult to relocate for the advancement of a partner's career and this is explored to a certain extent, with many of the tiny details of the book ringing true.
Meanwhile reading up on expat life is a good idea in order to help prepare for the move and this can involve guides on the practical side of things, but should also look at personal experiences and the emotions that can be expected.
The internet is a great place to start and with a wide range of expat forums, some of which are destination-based while others are aimed at mothers or the partners of those moving for a job. Using these forums, you'll find the answers to the most commonly-asked questions.
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