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Publisher Description

"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.

Fiction & Literature
February 5
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

katin155 ,

The age of light

This is a romance novel. Not even a good one.

SPBerko ,

The Age of Light

It is a great story very poorly written. It does not flow smoothly and therefore the story line is disjointed.
To bad!!!

juliusa ,

Not Worth A Million Dollars

Why this was worth such a large advance payment I will never understand. Loves the concept and topic, but the execution was terrible. Lee Miller deserves better than this “historical” novel which was really a trashy romance novel in disguise. I did usher it in bed while sick because I paid for it, and felt little for the characters in the end. You’d be better off reading a bio instead of this. Disappointing.

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