The Age of Light

The Age of Light

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"Rapturous and razor sharp all at once, The Age of Light fearlessly unzips anything we might know of Lee Miller as model and muse and recasts her as artist, free thinker and architect of a singular and unapologetic life. This novel sparks on every page." —Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife and Love and Ruin

A captivating debut novel by Whitney Scharer, The Age of Light tells the true story of Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, and her search to forge a new identity as an artist after a life spent as a muse. "I'd rather take a photograph than be one," she declares after she arrives in Paris in 1929, where she soon catches the eye of the famous Surrealist Man Ray. Though he wants to use her only as a model, Lee convinces him to take her on as his assistant and teach her everything he knows. As they work together in the darkroom, their personal and professional lives become intimately entwined, changing the course of Lee's life forever.

Lee's journey of self-discovery takes took her from the cabarets of bohemian Paris to the battlefields of war-torn Europe during WWII, from inventing radical new photography techniques to documenting the liberation of the concentration camps as one of the first female war correspondents. Through it all, Lee must grapple with the question of whether it's possible to stay true to herself while also fulfilling her artistic ambition—and what she will have to sacrifice to do so.

Told in alternating timelines of 1930s Paris and the battlefields of WWII, this sensuous, richly researched and imagined debut novel brings to light the life of a fearless, original artist—a woman whose name and art should be known by everyone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781549173424
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 623,311
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Whitney Scharer earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and her short fiction has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, Cimarron Review, and other journals. She's received an Emerging Artist Award in Literature from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, a Somerville Arts Council Artists grant, and been awarded a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. The Age of Light is her first novel.

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New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife and Love and Ruin - Paula McLain

“Rapturous and razor sharp all at once, The Age of Light fearlessly unzips anything we might know of Lee Miller as model and muse and recasts her as artist, free thinker and architect of a singular and unapologetic life. Whitney Scharer is a stunning new discovery. This novel sparks on every page.”

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The Age of Light 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
1st-Reader-of-stories 4 months ago
The Age of Light # NetGalley Whitney Schafer. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is a debut book for Whitney Schafer. You can tell she did quite a lot of research for this novel. The characters Lee Miller and Man Ray are real people who lived in Paris in the early 1900’.s. I had to goggle them when I finished reading the book. They were both artists, painting and photography. This is during the Bohemian age and just about anything was acceptable. There is lots of drinking and sex in the book, so if this bothers you, this is not the book for you. I enjoy reading historical fiction usually, but this had more romance in it than usual. I have read about. Hemingway and his time in Paris and this follows along those lines. Mostly enjoyable and I give it 4 stars.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I received this advanced read copy from NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review.
TheBookishHooker 7 months ago
The Age of Light follows the passionate affair of Lee Miller and Man Ray, real-life,famous innovative photographers. Set against the backdrop of 1930's Paris interspersed with scenes of Lee Miller's life as a war correspondent during WWII, the historical fiction novel focuses more of the plot towards Lee Miller, including early childhood memories, trauma, and her turbulent relationship with her parents. The author's writing is superb and kept me engrossed until the very end. I loved the focus the author gave to Miller's search for independence and acceptance as a woman in a predominantly male profession. The characters were well developed and felt true to what is known about their lives. The setting was fantastic. Many scenes were so well described that I felt as if I were there. This was a fabulous book and I enjoy looking forward to seeing more from this author. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Little, Brown and Company, for an advanced copy of the book given in exchange for an honest review.
Jenny_Brown 12 months ago
This novel of Lee Miller--a model turned photographer who became the assistant and lover to the more famous artist Man Ray--is lush and engrossing and the details of her life swept me away. There is something almost photographic in the way Scharer captures the story, diving into Miller's life as a war correspondent in the 1940s, delving into Miller's libertine mindset, and allowing us to enter the lives of the artistic scene of Paris in the late 20s and early 30s, each image crystallizing for us. Moments are chosen and illuminated creating a vivid story. I can't stop thinking of the ending. A wonderful book.
crystallyn 12 months ago
I knew very little about Lee Miller before diving into this delightful debut novel (thanks NetGalley and Little, Brown). I was immediately drawn in, not just by the exquisite language and Scharer's gift of storytelling, but also her ability to send you right into the mind of Miller. Scharer squeezes your heart, and inflames your senses with every move that Miller makes. It was only afterward when I wanted to know more about Man Ray and his enchanting lover that I found Scharer took a few liberties with Miller's history, but all for the good of the story itself. I devoured this gorgeous book and all of the decadence of Paris in the 1930s, the bohemian lifestyle of these artists and Miller's complex transformation into a woman of her own that underlies it all. This book left me in tears on the last page. The impression of this novel is one I will carry with me for months and years forward.
Cynthia181 12 months ago
I won a copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways, I was not required to give a favorable review. This was quite a interesting story of a artist/photographer Man Ray and ex model/photographer/actress Lee Miller and how their lives where together during a time of conflict in Paris just at the beginning of the 1930's through WWII and the photographs Lee took of the death camps. It was a very moving story of love, trust, fear and the seeing the other side of the artistic types of the time period.
KarenfromDothan 12 months ago
A historical fiction novel, it’s the story of Lee Miller, and her relationship with Man Ray. Most of the story takes place from 1929 to 1932 in the Montparnasse area of Paris, the years the two were together. There she rubbed elbows with the likes of Pablo Picasso, Paul Éluard, and Jean Cocteau. The Miller-Ray chapters alternate with short chapters covering her time as a war correspondent during WWII. Utterly fascinating and absorbing story of a remarkable woman of whom I was unaware, and whose story should be more widely known. She was multi-talented; a fashion model, an avant-garde photographer, muse, war correspondent, and gourmet cook. A beautiful woman, she was sensual, passionate and determined. I felt like she was hamstrung living in a man’s world, that while she achieved a lot, maybe she could have been more. I also had the sense that she was never truly happy, and that saddens me. An excellent read you won’t want to miss!