reads from her new novel, The Race for Paris, "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. --Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants and At the Water's Edge.
Meg Waite Clayton is the author of four previous novels: The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters, The Language of Light, and The Wednesday Daughters. She's written for many national newspapers and public radio. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, she lives in Palo Alto.
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.