The Race for Paris

The Race for Paris

A Novel

Book - 2015
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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.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9780062354631
Characteristics: xiv, 311 pages :,map


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Apr 04, 2018

Great historical fiction. I have read a lot about WW 2 and had not come across one where 2 females were embedded with the troops(that were not nurses). There was not much gore nor Nazi torture. I couldn't give it 5 stars because it was a little bit confusing here and there and kind of went on a little too long but definitely a good read.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sep 21, 2015

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

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