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The Race for Paris: A Novel
by Meg Waite Clayton

Published: 2015-08-11
Hardcover : 336 pages
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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 ...

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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.

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Back in our tent, Marie was in her bedroll under her cot but still awake, just returned from the muddy trench behind the tent. Liv and I climbed under our cots, too, as if that would provide any protection at all. I buried my notes from the operating room underneath me lest they be destroyed, and suggested Liv do the same with her film. We both tucked our clothes into our bedrolls, to keep them dry. And while in the distance German bombers droned and American ack-ack answered, Liv said, “I don’t know anything about scalpels or morphine. All I know is shutter speeds, f-stops, angles of light.” ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

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Discuss the relationships of the characters in the book, Liv and Geoff, Liv and Charles, Fletcher and Edward, Fletcher and Charles; how have family relationships changed since WWII?
by ccroft78248 (see profile) 10/14/15

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The Race for Paris
by ccroft78248 (see profile) 10/14/15
-Bring old photographs, war memorabilia, war propoganda, and other items from this era to enhance the discussion of this book. -Maps of Europe, Paris, Saint Malo

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  "the race for Paris"by Carolynr (see profile) 09/19/16

Normandy, 1944. To cover the fighting in France, Jane, a reporter for the Nashville Banner, and Liv, an Associated Press photographer, have already had to endure enormous danger and frustrat... (read more)

 
  "The Road to Paris"by McCue2 (see profile) 04/14/16

Most informative--learned much. Not the best novel in terms of writing & plot, but a real tribute to women reporters & Photographers of WW2.

 
  "The Race for Paris"by ccroft78248 (see profile) 10/14/15

My book club enjoyed this book. It gave good discussion on how the media has changed, on how the roles of women have changed, and how our culture has changed since WWII.

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