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The Age of Light

The Age of Light (Paperback)

By Scharer, Whitney

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Model. Muse. Lover. Artist. This sweeping debut tells the story of Lee Miller's journey to become an artist and her lover affair with Man Ray in bohemian 1930s Paris.

ISBN 9781509889150
Barcode 9781509889150
Release Date 9 January 2020 by Pan Macmillan
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781509889150
ISBN-10 1509889159
Stock Release date is 9 January 2020
Status Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 2 Apr 2020
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Release Date 9 January 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Scharer, Whitney
Category Art Styles: Surrealism & Dada
Individual Photographers
Modern Fiction
Romantic Fiction: Historical
Historical Fiction
True Stories
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 197mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 18+ years
Reading Age 18+ years
Library of Congress Paris France - Fiction - History - 20th century
NBS Text Romance & Sagas
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

`Whitney Scharer's storytelling is utterly immersive and gorgeous in its details . . . This is a powerful, sensual and gripping portrait of the forging of an artist's soul.' Madeleine Miller, author of Circe Model. Muse. Lover. Artist. One cool day in 1929, Lee Miller arrives in bohemian Paris to pursue her dream of being an artist, having left behind a successful modelling career at Vogue. Gorgeous and talented, she catches the eye of renowned Surrealist artist Man Ray and convinces him to hire her as his assistant. Man is an egotistical, charismatic force, and soon their personal and professional lives become intimately entwined. As Lee begins to assert 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 . . . The Age of Light is a powerfully sensuous tale of ambition, love, and the personal price of making art. In this immersive debut novel, Whitney Scharer has brought a brilliant and pioneering artist out of the shadow of a man's story and into the light.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Scharer sets her viewfinder selectively, focusing on her heroine's insecurities as much as her accomplishments as an artist; her hunger to be more than a neck to hold pearls, a slim waist to show off a belt is contrasted with her habit of solving problems by simply leaving. The price for Lee is steep, but it makes for irresistible reading. Sexy and moving. * Kirkus * Scharer's stellar debut chronicles the tumultuous working and romantic relationships of photographer Man Ray and model-turned-photographer Lee Miller in early 1930s Paris. Scharer's brilliant portrayal of the complicated couple features a page-turning story and thrillingly depicts the artistic process. * Publishers Weekly * Intoxicating . . . Scharer is always alert to the interplay of passion, intelligence, exhilaration, bitterness, and melancholy that fueled this unique woman to create a life of her own. The object of an intense bidding war that resulted in a million-dollar deal, Scharer's first novel more than lives up to its prepublication hype. * Booklist * From the opium dens of Paris to Man Ray's darkroom The Age of Light is drawn with the exactness of a photograph. I was awed by the skill with which Scharer portrayed Lee's defiance and ambition. The Age of Light is mesmerising, beautifully written and deeply convincing. I loved it. -- Elizabeth Macneal, author of <i>The Doll Factory</i> A story of artistic endeavour, love, lust and aspiration, absinthe cafes and the allure of Paris in its bohemian twilight. Most of all, however, this is a riveting account of one woman's need to discover who she really is and what it is she wants to be. A wonderful debut. -- Alan McMonagle, author of <i>Ithaca</i> A dazzling novel of decadence, passion, art and betrayal . . . I adored it. -- Lucy Diamond I adored The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer, which was every bit as wonderful as I'd hoped it would be. A stunning debut - fascinating, evocative and beautifully written. I loved it. -- Jill Mansell The Age of Light is a bold, intimate and gorgeous novel-at once a vivid romp through the salons and parties of the Paris art world in the 1930s and a breathtaking close up of a woman battling to be both muse and artist, lover and collaborator, and above all, herself. This is a relevant, utterly enthralling debut from a talented writer who understands the complex intersection of ambition and femininity. I was swept off my feet. -- Jessica Shattuck, author of <i>The Woman in the Castle </i><i>and </i><i>The Hazards of Good Breeding</i> A masterpiece, The Age of Light is a searing, evocative novel of love and war, and a woman's fierce determination to transcend her role as muse and remake the world through her own art. Whitney Scharer is a remarkably gifted storyteller - a major new voice in historical fiction. -- Dawn Tripp, author of <i>Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keefe </i> When I first read The Age of Light, I thought it might have been written expressly for me, since it has everything I love in it: photography, sex, love, war, 1920s Paris, a relationship struggle between two artists, a woman's journey from model to photographer, and the most exquisite writing. Then I realized: this magnetic, addictive novel will beguile every reader. Read it, read it! -- Jenna Blum, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Those Who Save Us</i> and <i>The Lost Family</i> An extraordinary young woman discovers love and art and betrayal among the artists of 1930s Paris and documents the horrors of war through her singular camera lens. An uplifting, heartbreaking and altogether immersive read. -- Helen Simonson, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>The Summer Before The War</i> and <i>Major Pettigrew's Last Stand</i> Whitney Scharer's storytelling is utterly immersive and gorgeous in its details, transporting you into Lee Miller's life, and her struggles to be taken seriously in a man's world. This is a powerful, sensual and gripping portrait of the forging of an artist's soul. -- Madeline Miller, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Circe</i> 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. -- Paula McLain, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>The Paris Wife</i> In incandescent prose, Whitney Scharer has created an unforgettable heroine discovering her passion, her independence, and her art - and what she must sacrifice to have them. Sweeping from the glamour of 1920s Paris through the battlefields of World War II and into the war's long shadow, The Age of Light is a startlingly modern love story and a mesmerizing portrait of a woman's self-transformation from muse into artist. -- Celeste Ng, <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>Little Fires Everywhere</i>

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Author's Bio

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.

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