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“This marvelous novel has everything-adventure, romance, history, and most of all heart. Every reader who enters this ‘Race’ will come out a winner.” (Ann Packer, Bestselling Author of Swim Back to Me and The Children's Crusade (forthcoming))
“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.” (Mary Morris, award-winning author of The Jazz Palace and The River Queen)
“Don’t wait to read The Race for Paris. It’s a fine book.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
“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.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants and At the Water’s Edge)
“Don’t wait to read.... It’s a fine book.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
“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.” (San Jose Mercury 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.” (San Antonio Express–News)
“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.” (Booklist) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Back Cover
David J. Langum, Sr. Prize for American Historical Fiction, Honorary Mention for 2015
Inspired by the extraordinary female journalists who were among the first to report the Allied liberation of Paris from the Nazis in 1944, The Race for Paris follows two war correspondents on their quest to document (and make) history. Jane is a young, single reporter who meets photographer Olivia, “Liv,” on assignment at a field hospital.
Unlike their male colleagues, Liv and Jane are constantly confronted by red tape and derision. Jane is resigned to making the most of her assignment, but Liv is determined to chase a bigger story. After failing to win over her commanding officer, she goes AWOL to Paris—and Jane, seizing the chance to make a name for herself, joins her.
Reluctantly accompanied by a male British military reporter, the two women scramble through the gunfire and carnage 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.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication Date : August 11, 2015
- File Size : 3298 KB
- Print Length : 341 pages
- Publisher : Harper; Reprint Edition (August 11, 2015)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00PQROPTE
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #158,389 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Meg Waite Clayton's strong, vivid historical novel The Race for Paris, brings these tough questions smack up to the surface of her riveting story about women warriors of a sort who broke down barriers for everyone who has followed their dreams in the face of prejudice on the one hand and daunting challenges -- physical and moral -- on the other.
This is a war story that helps those of us now distant in time to grow in respect for World War II's freedom fighters. Related with an unflinching eye, you taste the grit, smell the burning (flesh, petrol, explosives, bartered cigarettes) and confront the hard moral choices. The two women at the center of the plot follow the mandates of unblinking journalists. Clayton's prose pops harsh flash bulbs that illuminate gruesome battle and field-hospital scenes. While immersed in such well-told, brutal moments, you feel as if you are having your hand held tightly by a good friend.
The best parts of this novel elaborate the compelling, fraught girl-buddy story at its heart. Like many an intense friendship, this one is laced with mixed feelings, competitiveness, jealously, and deep mutual respect.
It's a dense novel, but a fast read.
The author’s research into history of the war and the role of war correspondents was well done. She created a story full of pictures of scene after scene painted with words, giving the reader a glimpse into a world few are still alive to tell about.
The characters were well fleshed out and seemed like ordinary people with extraordinary goals. They had no battle experience, yet they forged ahead to be the first in their field to get the story in Paris.
I would recommend The Race for Paris to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, tales of World War Two, the friendships shaped between two women, or the stories of women who advanced in their professions years before it was the accepted practice. My only complaint is that the story moved too slowly, therefore I am giving it 4 stars.
As with all her novels, the Race for Paris brings a keen awareness of major social issues of our own time, especially ones bearing on the lives and careers of women, to an imagined historical moment. With the Race, Clayton shows the reach of her talent for historical fiction. The story follows a female photojournalist and female print journalist in the weeks after D Day. Clayton describes some of her extraordinary research in an appendix. The novel communicates her infectious admiration for women documentary photographers of the 30s and 40s--above all for the great Margaret Bourke-White, who like Clayton herself attended the University of Michigan.
I read the novel in its hardback format. The production team deserves a special award for a beautiful book. Details like the artistic titling, well chosen type, generous but not wasteful spacing, and above all those wonderful art-deco-esque lines at the chapter heads--all make the book a pleasure to hold and read. The attractive cover montage is so effective I will even forgive the illustrator for putting a vest pocket Kodak in the hands of a professional photographer. (Clayton's Liv carries a Leica.)
The story ends with a satisfying twist. Keep the Kleenex box handy. This one is a weeper but an honest one.