The Postmistress of Paris

Harper. Nov. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9780062946980. $27.99. F
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. Naneé 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 Naneé never seemed to live up to) she stays in France, determined to help the Resistance any way she can. Naneé 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 Édouard Moss from a concentration camp, Naneé begins to search for his young daughter Luki, and Édouard 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 Hélène or Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls.
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