• Hardcover: 336 pages
• Publisher: Harper (August 11, 2015)
Meg Waite Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters, returns with a transportive World War II novel—inspired by real frontline stories—about journalists who, together, race the Allies to occupied Paris for the scoop of their lives.
Opening in Normandy on June 29, 1944, The Race for Paris follows two American female war correspondents on their quest to document (and make) history by covering the Allied liberation of Paris. Jane is a young, single journalist for the Nashville Banner. When she’s assigned to cover a field hospital, she meets Olivia, “Liv,” an Associated Press photographer.
However, unlike their male colleagues, Liv and Jane are constantly confronted by red tape and derision because the military believes women cannot handle the rigors of combat journalism. Jane is resigned to making the most of her assignment, but Liv is determined to get to Paris. After failing to win over her commanding officer, she goes AWOL—and seizing her chance to make a name for herself, Jane joins her.
Reluctantly accompanied by Fletcher, a male British military reporter, the two women chase their story through the gunfire, carnage, and death scarring the French countryside. Their journey is further complicated by emotional bonds, romantic tensions, and one woman’s secret—a secret with the power to end her career and, perhaps, her life.
Inspired by pioneering World War II journalists such as Margaret Bourke-White and Martha Gellhorn—who paved the way for Christiane Amanpour, Marie Colvin, and Lynsey Addario—The Race for Paris combines riveting storytelling with deft literary craftsmanship and extensive research in a passionate narrative of women driven to transcend the limitations of their time.
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.
Meg’s Tour Stops
Monday, August 17th: Time 2 Read
Tuesday, August 18th: Kritters Ramblings
Wednesday, August 19th: BookNAround
Monday, August 24th: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Wednesday, August 26th: Man of La Book
Thursday, August 27th: Raven Haired Girl
Monday, August 31st: FictionZeal
Tuesday, September 1st: Becca Rowan
Wednesday, September 2nd: Doing Dewey
Thursday, September 3rd: Dwell in Possibility
Friday, September 4th: Savvy Verse & Wit
Wednesday, September 9th: West Metro Mommy
Thursday, September 10th: Literary Lindsey
Monday, September 14th: Diary of an Eccentric
Tuesday, September 15th: 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews