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The Race for Paris
     

The Race for Paris

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by Meg Waite Clayton
 

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National Bestseller

David J. Langum, Sr. Prize for American Historical Fiction, Honorary Mention for 2015

The New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters returns with a moving and powerfully dynamic World War II novel about two American journalists and an Englishman, who together race the Allies to Occupied Paris for

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National Bestseller

David J. Langum, Sr. Prize for American Historical Fiction, Honorary Mention for 2015

The New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters returns with a moving and powerfully dynamic World War II novel about two American journalists and an Englishman, who together race the Allies to Occupied Paris for the scoop of their lives.

Normandy, 1944. To cover the fighting in France, Jane, a reporter for the Nashville Banner, and Liv, an Associated Press photographer, have endured enormous danger and frustrating obstacles—including strict military regulations limiting what women correspondents can. Even so, Liv wants more.

Encouraged by her husband, the editor of a New York newspaper, she’s determined to be the first photographer to reach Paris with the Allies, and capture its freedom from the Nazis.

However, her Commanding Officer has other ideas about the role of women in the press corps. To fulfill her ambitions, Liv must go AWOL. She persuades Jane to join her, and the two women find a guardian angel in Fletcher, a British military photographer who reluctantly agrees to escort them. As they race for Paris across the perilous French countryside, Liv, Jane, and Fletcher forge an indelible emotional bond that will transform them and reverberate long after the war is over.

Based on daring, real-life female reporters on the front lines of history like Margaret Bourke-White, Lee Miller, and Martha Gellhorn—and with cameos by other famous faces of the time—The Race for Paris is an absorbing, atmospheric saga full of drama, adventure, and passion. Combining riveting storytelling with expert literary craftsmanship and thorough research, Meg Waite Clayton crafts a compelling, resonant read.

Editorial Reviews

Christina Baker Kline
“Ambitious, riveting…. Deftly weaving fact and fiction, Clayton captures the texture and cadence of daily life in a world that is anything but ordinary.”
Sara Gruen
“A smart, engrossing, and ultimately heartbreaking story…Clayton gives us a story of friendship, love, and sacrifice that no one who has the pleasure of reading it will soon forget. I loved this book.”
Ann Packer
“This marvelous novel has everything-adventure, romance, history, and most of all heart. Every reader who enters this ‘Race’ will come out a winner.”
Mary Morris
“Clayton introduces us to a world we never knew existed and then makes it utterly compelling. I loved the story of these brave women, the risks they took, the ambitions that fed them. Moving and gripping, it is a thriller of women and war.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Don’t wait to read.... It’s a fine book.”
San Jose Mercury News
“Thrilling…a dangerous, fast-moving adventure. Well-researched, the novel puts the women in the path of bombs, gunfire, gender bias and arcane military restrictions; Clayton models her characters on real-life pioneers—Martha Gellhorn, Lee Miller and other women who broke barriers to get the story.”
Booklist
“Involving and thoroughly researched.... Clayton tells a story that will draw women’s-fiction readers as well as historical-fiction and WWII devotees.... Entertaining and enlightening reading.”
Bookreporter.com
“An amazing story of friendship and courage…. Meg Waite Clayton paints such a poignant picture of these three individuals that I found myself holding my breath.…You’ll be left exhausted…at the end, but it will be so worth it.”
San Antonio Express–News
“Clayton’s narrative is sophisticated and well structured…. Her description of the liberation of Paris is riveting. She skillfully reveals the inadequacies of one photo or one article to capture the full magnitude of such an event. And her prose stirs the imagination.”
RT Book Reviews
“Clayton’s multilayered, fast-paced novel is as dramatic as any newspaper account. There are wonderful historical details and plenty of danger and action with enough romance to satisfy adventure readers as well as WWII romance aficionados.”
Historical Novel Reviews
“Clayton’s gripping tale was inspired by the women writers and photographers who broke through bureaucratic and gender barriers to report from the front lines.... There’s danger, secrets, and romance in the story, along with the underlying deep need of Jane, Liv, and Fletcher, to portray the truth about the war.”
San Antonio Express–News
“Clayton’s narrative is sophisticated and well structured…. Her description of the liberation of Paris is riveting. She skillfully reveals the inadequacies of one photo or one article to capture the full magnitude of such an event. And her prose stirs the imagination.”
Library Journal
03/01/2015
As the Allied armies approach Paris, Liv, an Associated Press photographer fed up with the restrictions placed on women in the press corps, disobeys her commanding officer and rushes to Paris with her reporter friend Jane in tow, determined to be the first to capture the city's liberation from the Germans. They're helped along somewhat doubtingly by British military photographer Fletcher. From a Bellwether finalist (for The Language of Light) whose The Wednesday Sisters was a New York Times best seller.
Kirkus Reviews
2015-05-20
Clayton (The Wednesday Daughters, 2013, etc.) explores the lives of two courageous women—journalists who set out to document Paris' liberation from the Nazis in 1944 (and find themselves ensconced in a bit of a love triangle in the process). The narrator, Jane Tyler, meets Olivia "Liv" Harper in a French field hospital in June 1944. Tyler's a reporter with a Nashville newspaper; Harper's a photographer with the Associated Press. They're both there to cover the war, but they're frustrated by the sexist barriers they continually find themselves up against; at the time, journalism was a boys' club, and the military restricted what female correspondents could cover. After Liv realizes that the only way she'll get to chronicle the kind of gritty, true-life stories she's hungry for is by heading directly to the front lines, she decides to abandon her dismissive male commanding officer and go AWOL on a mission to still-occupied Paris. Also looking for a career coup, Jane joins her, guided not only by a desire to break some news, but to do it as long before her male competitors as possible. (Yes, Clayton infuses the story with an appealing whiff of go-get-'em girl power.) Along the way, Liv and Jane meet Fletcher Roebuck, a charming English photojournalist who accompanies them on their dangerous mission, and tangled emotions are understandably heightened by both the trio's forced closeness and the wartime challenges they must stare down together. Clayton's most ambitious undertaking to date may be fiction, but it's impeccably researched, offering a striking glimpse into what life was like for the predecessors of some of today's most famous female journalists. A must for World War II buffs and fans of sharp, boundary-busting female characters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062354631
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/11/2015
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
541,718
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Meg Waite Clayton is the New York Times bestselling author of four previous novels: The Four Ms. Bradwells; The Wednesday Sisters; The Language of Light, a finalist for the Bellwether Prize; and The Wednesday Daughters. She's written for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Jose Mercury News, Forbes, Writer's Digest, Runner's World, and public radio. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, she lives in Palo Alto, California.

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The Race for Paris 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
CHLong More than 1 year ago
I don't normally read WW2 books but this book was compelling and different. It's the story of two women, one a journalist and the other a photojournalist, who wrangle their way to the front lines to cover the war. Based on composites of true women journalists, the book engaged me in a way I did not expect, carrying me through the trenches and the trauma with style and force. The book is beautifully written, astonishing in its detail without its ever feeling forced or gratuitous. This book truly deserves its five stars.
Jane_Wilson More than 1 year ago
This breathtaking novel is the best book I've read in a very long time. It's so captivating, I read it in one sitting, and returned later to read it again, only to enjoy it even more. A great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An easy read.
AdamBB More than 1 year ago
A look at WWII I haven't seen before. (And I've read just about everything about WWII.) This remarkable novel is told from the perspective of three people covering the war rather than fighting it, a British photographer and two American women journalists he helps out. Cameos by some of the real journalist who covered the war, like Ernie Pyle and Robert Capa. A page turner.
Felicity-M More than 1 year ago
I laughed, I cried and I couldn't put it down. This was a beautifully told story about an ugly time in our history, and one I will never forget. It's about strong women and strong men, journalists and photographers, courage (or is it bravery) and friendship and love. I absolutely adored everything about this book from the writing to the characters in it, to the plot that just rips along. The story was fiction, but so much was real that it felt real. (Clearly a lot of research, but the research blended beautifully.) I would highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, fans of relationship stories, fans of fine writing, and ... well, just about anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoughtful exploration of the lives of women journalists in WWII, and moving story of friendship and love
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author obviously did lots of research especially Nancy Sorel Caldwell but doesnt begin to convey what the real women accomplished - despite being subject to military restrictions meant to keep women far from any battlefields. Chosing Paris is obvious. But St. Lo, Remagen bridge, theBattle of the Bulge, or crosding the Elbe were much more important and women correspondents were present at all. Afraid this book manages to turn the WW2 women journalists into very ordinary people.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A historical fiction that is completely based on truth and I loved that behind the fiction there was a layer of truth. Jane is a reporter and Liv a photographer and they by chance meet covering a medic hospital nowhere near the front line. Liv charges Jane with the idea to try to make it to Paris and the front line before everything is freed, so they can be the first to report - big problem is they don't have the credentials and will have to go without anyone knowing. This was a fun adventure. There was definitely a lot of war things which at moments weren't completely entertaining but they were necessary to know where in the timeline they were. Usually I can say that historical fiction doesn't feel like a textbook, but there were moments where this one felt like a lot of facts.
SUEHAV More than 1 year ago
Good premise but way too wordy and descriptive.