The Age of Light
A model, a muse, a lover to surrealist Man Ray and a pioneering artist in her own right. This the story of Lee Miller, the most extraordinary woman of the twentieth century, and her battle to determine her own life.
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|Library of Congress
||Paris France - Fiction - History - 20th century
||Romance & Sagas
Description of this Book
'I'd rather take a photograph than be one,' says Lee Miller, shortly after she arrives in Paris in 1929. Gorgeous and talented, Lee has left behind a successful modeling career at Vogue to pursue her dream of being an artist. There she catches the eye of the famous Surrealist artist Man Ray. An egotistical, charismatic force, Lee is drawn to him immediately. Though he initially wants to use her as a model, Lee is determined to become Man's photography assistant instead. As their personal and professional lives become further entwined, Lee is consumed by two desires: to become a famous photographer and to have a healthy and loving relationship. But as Lee asserts herself and moves from being a muse to an artist, Man's jealousy spirals out of control, and their mutual betrayals threaten to destroy them both. Richly detailed and filled with a cast of famous characters, The Age of Light is a captivating historical novel about ambition, love, and the personal price of making art. In exploring Lee's complicated and fascinating history, Whitney Scharer has brought a brilliant and pioneering artist out of the shadow of a man's story and into the light.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||Whitney Scharer's storytelling is utterly immersive and gorgeous in its details -- Madeline Miller, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Circe</i> The Age of Light is a startlingly modern love story and a mesmerizing portrait of a woman's self-transformation from muse to artist -- Celeste Ng
||Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
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 and 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.