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AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER* A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' PICK* A GMA BUZZ PICK * AN INDIE NEXT PICK* AN AMAZON BEST OF THE MONTH PICK, LITERATURE AND FICTION*A PEOPLE MAGAZINE PICK

The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Train to London revisits the dark early days of the German occupation in France in this haunting novel—a love story and a tale of high-stakes danger and incomparable courage—about a young American heiress who helps artists hunted by the Nazis escape from war-torn Europe.

Wealthy, beautiful Naneé was born with a spirit of adventure. For her, learning to fly is freedom. When German tanks roll across the border and into Paris, this woman with an adorable dog and a generous heart joins the resistance. Known as the Postmistress because she delivers information to those in hiding, Naneé uses her charms and skill to house the hunted and deliver them to safety.

Photographer Edouard Moss has escaped Germany with his young daughter only to be interned in a French labor camp. His life collides with Nanée's in this sweeping tale of romance and danger set in a world aflame with personal and political passion.

Inspired by the real life Chicago heiress Mary Jayne Gold, who worked with American journalist Varian Fry to smuggle artists and intellectuals out of France, The Postmistress of Paris is the haunting story of an indomitable woman whose strength, bravery, and love is a beacon of hope in a time of terror.

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AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER* A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' PICK* A GMA BUZZ PICK * AN INDIE NEXT PICK* AN AMAZON BEST OF THE MONTH PICK, LITERATURE AND FICTION*A PEOPLE MAGAZINE PICK

The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Train to London revisits the dark early days of the German occupation in France in this haunting novel—a love story and a tale of high-stakes danger and incomparable courage—about a young American heiress who helps artists hunted by the Nazis escape from war-torn Europe.

Wealthy, beautiful Naneé was born with a spirit of adventure. For her, learning to fly is freedom. When German tanks roll across the border and into Paris, this woman with an adorable dog and a generous heart joins the resistance. Known as the Postmistress because she delivers information to those in hiding, Naneé uses her charms and skill to house the hunted and deliver them to safety.

Photographer Edouard Moss has escaped Germany with his young daughter only to be interned in a French labor camp. His life collides with Nanée's in this sweeping tale of romance and danger set in a world aflame with personal and political passion.

Inspired by the real life Chicago heiress Mary Jayne Gold, who worked with American journalist Varian Fry to smuggle artists and intellectuals out of France, The Postmistress of Paris is the haunting story of an indomitable woman whose strength, bravery, and love is a beacon of hope in a time of terror.

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        "An evocative love story layered with heroism and intrigue — the film 'Casablanca' if Rick had an artsy bent ... powerful." — San Francisco Chronicle

        "A sweeping tale of perseverance and courage set against the backdrop of Nazi-era Europe, The Postmistress of Paris is the very best kind of historical fiction: a complex and intriguing story that both highlights a little-known moment in the past and resonates powerfully in the present, reminding us that bigotry can only be vanquished when people are willing to take a stand." — Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train

        "I loved The Postmistress of Paris, a novel of so many layers - a suspense story, a love story, and a story about the purpose of art. Meg Waite Clayton is a brilliant and deft writer, and I rooted for her strong, witty and brave heroine on her pulse-pounding mission to save Jewish painters, intellectuals, and a motherless child from Vichy France." — Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author of Eternal

        "Widely esteemed for her previous World War II novels, Meg Waite Clayton triumphantly returns with The Postmistress of Paris, a story of one woman's heroic quest to help the forgotten in Occupied France. Clayton's immaculately researched and beautifully written tale of passage and courage and heart is her best work yet." — Pam Jenoff, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Woman With The Blue Star

        "The work of an unsung heroine rises from the pages of The Postmistress of Paris. Meg Waite Clayton draws a vivid contrast between the beauty of art and the brutality of war, the power of humanity and the human cost of cruelty, greed, and prejudice. With a heart-stopping flight across war-torn Europe, this is a story readers of historical fiction and strong female characters will devour." — Lisa Wingate, # 1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Before We Were Yours

        "Clayton expertly renders the story of a courageous American woman's role in the French Resistance during WWII. . . . Clayton's lyrical, thought-provoking prose breathes life into her characters. This sterling portrait of a complex woman stands head and shoulders above most contemporary WWII fiction." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

        "This gripping historical love story from Clayton brings readers into the courageous lives of those struggling just to stay alive and those risking everything to help." — Booklist

        "Fans of Kate Quinn and Kristin Hannah will want to dive right into The Postmistress of Paris." — BookPage

        "A true gem . . . and a testament to the power of good." — Portia Kapraun, Library Journal (starred review)

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        Clayton (The Last Train to London) expertly renders the story of a courageous American woman’s role in the French Resistance during WWII. In 1938, Naneé Gold lives in the company of Parisian writers and artists. When the Germans invade France, Naneé flees Paris with T, the wife of her “French brother,” Danny Bénédite, whom she had lived with while studying at the Sorbonne, and the Bénédites’ young son, Peterkin. Determined to help thwart the Nazi occupation, Naneé begins working with Varian Fry, who provides aid to refugees while secretly helping artists escape, and she later embarks on a mission to free photographer and artist Edouard Moss from an internment camp. As the war rages on, Naneé takes up residence at a villa in Marseilles with Danny, T, and Peterkin following Danny’s French military service. Naneé helps Edouard search for his daughter Luki, whom he sent to Paris before his internment. As Naneé and Edouard become lovers, the intensity of their romance is heightened by the ever-present dangers from the Germans. Clayton’s lyrical, thought-provoking prose breathes life into her characters. This sterling portrait of a complex woman stands head and shoulders above most contemporary WWII fiction. Agent: Marly Rusoff, Marly Rusoff & Assoc.

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        Love and peril in Vichy, France. Mary Jayne Gold, an American heiress who worked to rescue artists and intellectuals from Nazi-occupied France, has inspired Clayton's spirited reimagining of those turbulent years, centered on the intrepid Nan�e Gold--she can fly a plane!--and the handsome photojournalist Edouard Moss, a widower with an impossibly adorable young daughter. While Nan�e and Edouard are fictional, Clayton embeds them in a world of real people: Marc Chagall, incredulous that his own government would turn against him; Pablo Picasso, who refused to leave Paris; Leonora Carrington, who comes to a gathering at Nan�e's Paris apartment; Lion Feuchtwanger, Hans Bellmer, and Max Ernst, among many others imprisoned at the Camp des Milles internment camp; and Andr� Breton and his wife, Jacqueline, who hold a salon in the Villa Air-Bel, a safe house secured and paid for by Nan�e, where fellow surrealists distract themselves in talk, dancing, and games. Although friends urge Nan�e to go home, she has no interest in returning to a vacuous life as a socialite; instead, she insists, she "wanted to do something to help, the same as any decent person in this newly terrible world surely must." Her chance comes in 1940, with the arrival of Varian Fry, sent by the American Emergency Rescue Committee to facilitate the escape of some 200 painters, composers, and writers in danger of Nazi persecution. Fry, realizing the benefit of Nane�'s willingness and wealth, makes her a courier--a postmistress--delivering messages throughout Paris. The plot thickens when Nan�e becomes infatuated with Moss, who has been sent to Camp des Milles. Dressed in a couture suit, wearing diamonds and a dab of Chanel No. 5, Nane� devises her own mission to get him out. As their love affair intensifies, so do their desperate efforts to find Moss' daughter and, somehow, survive the ominous world of war. Sympathetic characters propel a tense narrative.

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        October 15, 2021
        In 1938, Nan�e Fry flies into Paris in her Vega Gull airplane with her beloved dog by her side. She lands on the tarmac, changes into a black dress, and attends a glamorous art show, where she meets photographer Edouard Moss and his young daughter, Luki. A few months later, France is in the midst of WWII and Nanee must decide whether to return to America or stay and help her friends. She soon becomes involved with an underground group helping others escape the Nazis, and learns Edouard has been in a prison camp separated from his daughter for months. Nanee is determined to help him escape and reunite with Luki no matter the sacrifice. Based on the true story of American heiress Mary Jayne Gold, who used her connections and fortune to help refugees during WWII, this gripping historical love story from Clayton (The Last Train to London, 2019) brings readers into the courageous lives of those struggling just to stay alive and those risking everything to help.

        COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Clayton's (The Last Train to London) compelling World War II novel is based on the real lives of American women in the French Resistance. Nane� Gold is an American heiress living among artists and intellectuals in Paris when the German army invades France. Instead of returning to the States (whose rules and expectations Nane� never seemed to live up to) she stays in France, determined to help the Resistance any way she can. Nane� moves to Marseille, where she helps Varian Fry smuggle artists out of France, delivers messages to those in hiding, and provides lodging and a legitimate cover to friends and other resisters. After going to great lengths to free photographer �douard Moss from a concentration camp, Nane� begins to search for his young daughter Luki, and �douard must decide whether to flee or stay and fight. VERDICT A true gem in an oversaturated category, and a testament to the power of good. Recommended for fans of Ariel Lawhon's Code Name H�l�ne or Martha Hall Kelly's Lilac Girls.--Portia Kapraun, Delphi P.L., IN

        Copyright 2021 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Train to London revisits the dark early days of the German occupation in France in this haunting novel—a love story and a tale of high-stakes danger and incomparable courage—about a young American heiress who helps artists hunted by the Nazis escape from war-torn Europe.

Wealthy, beautiful Naneé was born with a spirit of adventure. For her, learning to fly is freedom. When German tanks roll across the border and into Paris, this woman with an adorable dog and a generous heart joins the resistance. Known as the Postmistress because she delivers information to those in hiding, Naneé uses her charms and skill to house the hunted and deliver them to safety.

Photographer Edouard Moss...

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