The Race for Paris: A Novel

The Race for Paris: A Novel

by Meg Waite Clayton


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The Race for Paris: A Novel by Meg Waite Clayton

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062354648
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 191,994
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About 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 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 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
A powerful story of women journalists and photojournalists determined to cover the end of WWII in the face of both physical dangers at the front and discrimination that tried to stop them from doing the work they fiercely wished to do. The book combines the intensity of first hand experience of war with a subtlety of emotion that makes for an unforgettable story, and the main characters won my heart from the first moment of the book to its last page. Beautifully written, captivating, and a remarkable portrait of a time and place. Highly recommend!
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An easy read.
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.