The Age of Light Lib/E (Compact Disc)
Sexy, sexy, sexy. Oh, and literary too. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the perfect book for your lady love: The Age of Light: A Novel by Whitney Scharer (Little, Brown & Company $28). This is the story of the tumultuous affair between photographer and artist Man Ray and Lee Miller, his muse, model, and an artist in her own right. Set in—where else?—Paris in the 30s, the backdrop of the developing situation in Europe brings another layer of tension to the relationship. The love-crazed to crumbling relationship and the dramatic conclusion to the novel made for a book I couldn’t put down. So fix that nice dinner, light the candles and pour the wine, but don’t give her this book until the evening is over or you might just find yourself dining alone.— Mamie
February 2019 Indie Next List
“Art lovers will enjoy this sexy, brilliant novel about Man Ray and Lee Miller set in Paris during the Jazz Age. Ray met Miller shortly after she arrived in Paris, young and just learning her craft. He became her mentor and lover, an intense relationship with the older man nurturing the younger woman’s talent. But as Miller grew into her art and the relationship shifted, Ray’s ego needed to be first. By WWII, Miller is at the height of her powers, and she leaves behind the safety of shooting portraits for the battlefields of Europe, documenting the horrors of concentration camps. Following Miller from her youth to old age, Scharer explores the passions and creativity of two larger-than-life characters.”
— Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books & Music, Sunriver, OR
Sweeping from the glamour of 1930's 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, New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires EverywhereShe went to Paris to start over, to make art instead of being made into it. A captivating debut novel by Whitney Scharer, The Age of Light tells the 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. But Man Ray turns out to be an egotistical, charismatic force, and 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 takes us from the cabarets of bohemian Paris to the battlefields of war-torn Europe during WWII, from discovering 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 reconcile romantic desire with artistic ambition-and what she will have to sacrifice to do so. Told in interweaving timelines, this sensuous, richly detailed novel brings Lee Miller-a brilliant and pioneering artist-out of the shadows of a man's legacy and into the light.