The Race for Paris

The Race for Paris

A Novel

Book - 2015
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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.

Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062354648
0062354647
9780062354631
0062354639
Branch Call Number: CLAYTON
Characteristics: xiv, 311 pages ; 24 cm

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EmilyEm
Nov 06, 2016

Despite obstacles, two enterprising women journalists finagle their way into the race to be the ones breaking the story of the liberation of Paris in 1944.

Well-done historical fiction with enough real-life facts to make credible, and mystery, friendship and romance to make engaging.

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harrissusanc
May 02, 2016

The story of the woman defying her husband and the military to trudge through Northern France with buddies for the first photo of the liberation of Paris is good and original, but overwhelmed by war journalism. I liked the first half in Normandy best.

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amalyndb
Jan 17, 2016

Historical fiction, with extensive research, The Race for Paris is the tale of two fictional women. Jane, a journalist, and Liv, a photographer, are both assigned by their CO to cover a field hospital in WWII France. Denied placement in the official press camp, Liv hungers to be the first photographer to cover the liberation of Paris. Both go AWOL when they cannot get permission to be moved to cover the action at the Front, accompanying a British military photographer and his jeep.

The way to Paris was not a straight path, but meandering, following different units, avoiding the MP sent to apprehend them. From liberated Paris, to caves in Holland, they further journey, intent on getting to Germany to cover the surrender.

As a photographer, this was engrossing to read. The sense of the action was sharp, the struggle of get the image versus safety, as well as the entanglements all of us experience when living close together with others. A poignant read, of a very different time.

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coroboreefarm
Oct 03, 2015

This meticulously researched, and historically accurate novel tells the story of two American female World War Two correspondents, a writer and a photographer, and their male English companion who is also a combat photographer. The women go AWOL from their posts at a field hospital and race towards Paris, compelled to capture in story and photograph, the city's liberation by the Allies.
This is historical fiction, but the characters are well developed and the author's descriptions of people, places and events are engrossing.
I found it particularly interesting that the chapters are not numbered. Instead, they are headed by a place and date much like a journal, and each chapter begins with a quote from an actual female journalist from the time time. These quotes give a fascinating glimpse into the lives of these courageous and determined women.
This is well worth the read if you enjoy stories set in the World War Two era.

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bronteside
Sep 21, 2015

Superb.
A love story, a war story ...just gripping and honest.
True to real time events .

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