On Sale November 30, 2021
In stores November 30, 2021!
• An Indie Next Pick – recommended by booksellers across the US
• Publishers Weekly Notable Book for Fall/Winter 2021
• PublishersLunch Notable New Release for November 2021
• Bookbub Best Historical Fiction to Read this Fall
• Publishers Weekly Tip Sheet: What to Read Next
• #2 on the Loanstars list — the most anticipated books as voted by library staff across Canada
“Gripping … an evocative love story layered with heroism and intrigue — the film ‘Casablanca’ if Rick had an artsy bent … powerful.” – The San Francisco Chronicle
“Fans of Kate Quinn and Kristin Hannah will want to dive right into The Postmistress of Paris.” – BookPage
“⭐️ Lyrical, thought-provoking prose… This sterling portrait of a complex woman stands head and shoulders above most contemporary WWII fiction.” – Publishers Weekly, in a starred review
“⭐️ A true gem … a testament to the power of good.” – Library Journal, in a starred review
“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.” – Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author of Eternal
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.
Praise for The Postmistress of Paris
“Gripping … an evocative love story layered with heroism and intrigue — the film “Casablanca” if Rick had an artsy bent … powerful … Clayton’s book celebrates courageous acts, large and small, within the vast Resistance network from forgers, lookouts, drivers, mapmakers, innkeepers with secret rooms. And “The Postmistress of Paris” is an homage to the courage of creative acts, to the refuge of art and its reminder, or insistence, on our shared humanity.” – L.A. Taggart, The San Francisco Chronicle
“While Clayton superbly crafts banter, parlor games, romance and philosophical discussions among her cast of talented, intellectual characters, her writing is at its sharpest whenever Nanée faces great danger—which is often. Tension builds throughout the novel, culminating in a grueling, dangerous escape attempt that’s full of surprises. Fans of Kate Quinn and Kristin Hannah will want to dive right into The Postmistress of Paris.” – Alice Cary, BookPage
“⭐️ Clayton (The Last Train to London) 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, in a starred review
“⭐️ A true gem … a testament to the power of good.” – Portia Kapraun, Library Journal, in a starred review
“I loved Meg Waite Clayton’s THE POSTMISTRESS OF PARIS, and I couldn’t put it down from the moment I picked it up. I adored its strong, witty, and brave heroine Nanée, who’s based on a real-life Chicago heiress and flies her own plane, accompanied by her beloved poodle. Clayton is a brilliant and deft writer, and I rooted for her Nanée during every step of her pulse-pounding mission to help Jewish painters, intellectuals, and even a motherless child escape Vichy France. THE POSTMISTRESS OF PARIS is a suspense story, a love story, and a story about the meaning and purpose of art.” – Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author of Eternal
“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 The Exiles and Orphan Train
“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
“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 Nanée Gold…
“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.” – Melissa Norstedt, Booklist
The History Behind the Novel, Interviews, and other Extras
Paris, 1939, a piece I wrote about the real history behind The Postmistress of Paris for The Jewish Book Council’s PB Daily.
The Postmistress of Paris: A WWII Drama Celebrating a Heroine Who Saved Parisians from the Nazis an interview by Jessica Gliddon in Marin Magazine
Find out what library I most want to visit or where the best croissants are in Carmel in Finn Cohen’s California Sun “5 questions with…”