Meg Waite Clayton

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Meg Waite Clayton
Novelist Meg Waite Clayton.jpg
BornJanuary 1, 1959
Washington, D.C. United States
OccupationNovelist, essayist
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
GenreLiterary fiction

Meg Waite Clayton (born January 1, 1959 in Washington, D.C.) is an American novelist.[1]


A graduate of University of Michigan Law School, Clayton also earned bachelor's degrees in History and Psychology from the University of Michigan. She worked as a lawyer at the Los Angeles firm of Latham & Watkins. She grew up primarily in suburban Kansas City and suburban Chicago, where she graduated from Glenbrook North High School.[2] She began writing in earnest after moving to a horse farm outside of Baltimore, Maryland, where her first novel is set. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In addition to her work as a novelist, she has written for the Los Angeles Times,[3][4] Writer's Digest, Runner's World, and public radio.[5] [6][7][8]

Awards and honors[edit]

Clayton's first novel, The Language of Light, was a finalist for the 2002 Bellwether Prize for Fiction, now the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Her novel The Wednesday Sisters became a bestseller[9] and a popular book club choice.[10][11][12] Her "After the Debate" on Forbes online[13] was praised by the Columbia Journalism Review as "[t]he absolute best story about women's issues stemming from the second Presidential debate."[14] The Race for Paris was a 2015 Langum Prizes Historical Fiction Honorable Mention.


  • The Language of Light (2003)
  • The Wednesday Sisters (2007)
  • The Four Ms. Bradwells (2011)
  • The Race for Paris (2015)
  • Beautiful Exiles (2018)


  1. ^ Random House bio
  2. ^ Julia Keller (May 13, 2011). "Female Lawyers Face the Glass Gavel". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  3. ^ Meg Waite Clayton (January 23, 2013). "Obama's speech: One for the 'herstory' books". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  4. ^ Meg Waite Clayton (September 25, 2013). "Flirting with justice". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  5. ^ "You've Come a Long Way, Barbie". "Perspectives". San Francisco. March 20, 2009. KQED.
  6. ^ "Progress Comes Slowly". "Perspectives". San Francisco. August 26, 2010. KQED.
  7. ^ "Moonshot". "Perspectives". San Francisco. May 25, 2011. KQED.
  8. ^ "Fair Play". "Perspectives". San Francisco. June 25, 2012. KQED.
  9. ^ San Francisco Chronicle, July 2008
  10. ^ Motoko Rich (July 22, 2009). "Target Can Make Sleepy Titles into Best Sellers". New York Times. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
  11. ^ "The top 20 book club bestsellers for 2010 from". Hartford Count Public Library. July 27, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  12. ^ "The top 20 book club bestsellers for 2010 from". Pulpwood Queens. June 26, 2008. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  13. ^ Meg Waite Clayton (October 17, 2012). "After the Debate". Forbes Online. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  14. ^ Jennifer Vanasco (October 19, 2012). "Covering the candidates on women". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved April 26, 2013.