The Age of Light

The Age of Light

Whitney Scharer / May 24, 2019

The Age of Light A captivating debut about Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller and her passionate affair with the artist Man Ray in s Paris I d rather take a picture than be one says Lee Miller a

  • Title: The Age of Light
  • Author: Whitney Scharer
  • ISBN: The Age of Light
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  • Page: 193
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  • A captivating debut about Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, and her passionate affair with the artist Man Ray in 1930s Paris I d rather take a picture than be one, says Lee Miller after she arrives in Paris in 1929 Yearning for a different life and haunted by her past, Lee leaves behind a successful modeling career to pursue her dream of being an arti A captivating debut about Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, and her passionate affair with the artist Man Ray in 1930s Paris I d rather take a picture than be one, says Lee Miller after she arrives in Paris in 1929 Yearning for a different life and haunted by her past, Lee leaves behind a successful modeling career to pursue her dream of being an artist She catches the eye of the famous Surrealist Man Ray, and though he wants to use her only as a model, Lee convinces him to teach her photography as well Man Ray is an egotistical, charismatic force, and their personal and professional lives become intimately entwined as the lines between maker and muse begin to blur.Lee s story unfolds against the sumptuous backdrop of bohemian Paris, with nights spent at smoky cabarets, opium dens, and wild parties, and days spent working with Man Ray to discover radical new photography techniques But as Lee begins to find success as an artist in her own right, Man Ray s jealousy spirals out of control, and soon their mutual betrayals threaten to destroy them both.Told in interweaving timelines of 1930s Paris and war torn Europe during WWII, this sensuous, richly detailed debut by Whitney Scharer brings Lee Miller a brilliant and pioneering artist out of the shadows of a man s legacy and into the light Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 384 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company More Details Original Title The Age of 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this book didn t seem to have an issue Wondering if everyone else read on a Kindle itself less flag See 1 question about The Age of Light Lists with This Book Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters Anticipated 2019 Literary Fiction 142 books 163 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jul 27, 2018 Jennifer S Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction This novel of Lee Miller a model turned photographer who became the assistant and lover to the 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 This novel of Lee Miller a model turned photographer who became the assistant and lover to the 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 flag 73 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 15, 2019 Liz rated it liked it Shelves netgalley As an amateur photographer and someone who loves photography as art, I was thrilled to get an advance copy of this book about Lee Miller and Man Ray It took me back to the days when photography was as much about developing a picture as taking it The book shines when the descriptions turn to the art of photography, especially when Lee is framing a shot or Man is teaching her how to develop for maximum effect or they come up with a new technique When she is determining how to take a shot, I cou As an amateur photographer and someone who loves photography as art, I was thrilled to get an advance copy of this book about Lee Miller and Man Ray It took me back to the days when photography was as much about developing a picture as taking it The book shines when the descriptions turn to the art of photography, especially when Lee is framing a shot or Man is teaching her how to develop for maximum effect or they come up with a new technique When she is determining how to take a shot, I could totally envision it What I didn t enjoy it was when it lingered for pages on the romance and sex I liked that the book alternates between Lee in Paris with Man Ray and her time as a war correspondent in London and France during WWII I am not a fan of romance novels and I tend to get irritated at books that purport to be historical fiction when they re really romance novels So parts of this book definitely irritated me and I skimmed over those sections In the end, I had trouble relating to Lee The author needed to do a better job of explaining her For those who enjoy Paula McLain, this book will probably be enjoyable as the writing styles are definitely similar In case you can t tell, I m not a big an of McLain My thanks to netgalley and Little, Brown for an advance copy of this novel flag 62 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Liz Paula wrote Terrific review, Liz Thanks Paula Jan 16, 2019 09 47AM Leighellen Thanks for the heads up, I too hate it when historical fiction or good books for that matter head into the bodice ripper category There are so ma Thanks for the heads up, I too hate it when historical fiction or good books for that matter head into the bodice ripper category There are so many good novels out there that don t go that way I don t want to waste my time with it I appreciate the insight Feb 01, 2019 10 44AM Jul 13, 2018 Tammy rated it liked it This is a romance novel masquerading as historical fiction Despite my interest in Man Ray and Lee Miller, I truly don t need to read about their steamy sex Their sexual proclivities aside, there is a lot about this that simply reads false flag 58 likesLike see review View all 30 comments Staci I was considering this for my BOTM I may go with my other option the historical aspect is what drew me to this one Great honest review 15 hours, 56 min ago jendlo Anita wrote Why is your review an honest review that people are accepting as fact This is far from a romance novel Fact The book is marketed Anita wrote Why is your review an honest review that people are accepting as fact This is far from a romance novel Fact The book is marketed as historical romance, and its blurb reads modern love story An honest review is used by professional readers to state that they weren t compensated or influenced for their opinions which is what all book reviews are Reviewers gain followers who tend to have the same opinions hence GR s Compare Books link , and they leave thankful comments versus your bullying one updated 15 hours, 24 min ago Apr 01, 2018 Celeste Ng added it 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 flag 47 likesLike see review Jul 01, 2018 Crystal King rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction 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 about Man Ray and his enchanting lover that I found Scharer took a few liberti 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 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 flag 28 likesLike see review Jennifer if you enjoyed this book I recommend you read The beautiful American by Jeanne Mackin Jan 31, 2019 08 44AM Aug 08, 2018 Karen rated it it was amazing My favorite book so far this year Absolutely brilliant flag 28 likesLike see review Jul 06, 2018 Louise Miller rated it it was amazing This is truly an extraordinary novel From the first scene to the last, I fell into my own passionate love affair with this book I found myself always wanting to be reading it, and pining for it when I had to set it down, thinking about the characters and the lushness of the details as I fell asleep Scharer has a visual artists eye for detail, an ear for lyrical prose, and a huge empathetic heart I can t wait to share it with everyone I know flag 26 likesLike see review Sep 29, 2018 Christopher Castellani rated it it was amazing This is such an engrossing and transporting book, one that, as many readers have already noted, makes these glamorous and thrilling characters come vividly alive on every page Scharer is a natural storyteller who gets you emotionally invested not only in the relationship between Lee Miller and Man Ray, but in the dramas and passions of the demimonde they inhabited, and especially in the psychology of Miller herself I particularly liked how The Age of Light was told solely from Lee Miller s per This is such an engrossing and transporting book, one that, as many readers have already noted, makes these glamorous and thrilling characters come vividly alive on every page Scharer is a natural storyteller who gets you emotionally invested not only in the relationship between Lee Miller and Man Ray, but in the dramas and passions of the demimonde they inhabited, and especially in the psychology of Miller herself I particularly liked how The Age of Light was told solely from Lee Miller s perspective, giving us a complete picture of this artist and innovator who was much than Man Ray s assistant lover, but a formidable artist and model and war photographer The novel builds power as it goes, and the last 1 3 is particularly suspenseful and satisfying and ultimately quite moving Immediately after turning the final page, I missed Lee and wanted to start all over again flag 24 likesLike see review Jul 09, 2018 Mary Urban rated it it was amazing An evocative historical fiction that swiftly whisks you away to the beautiful melancholy of the 1930s Paris art world A woman s voice and her place in art and relationships are at the center of this novel, a contemporary theme among a historical setting The Age of Light absolutely drips in style enjoy rubbing elbows with Picasso, Cocteau, and, of course, the tumultuous and intoxicating Man Ray in secret salons and on dimly lit cafe boats Note that Lee Miller is a real historical figure with An evocative historical fiction that swiftly whisks you away to the beautiful melancholy of the 1930s Paris art world A woman s voice and her place in art and relationships are at the center of this novel, a contemporary theme among a historical setting The Age of Light absolutely drips in style enjoy rubbing elbows with Picasso, Cocteau, and, of course, the tumultuous and intoxicating Man Ray in secret salons and on dimly lit cafe boats Note that Lee Miller is a real historical figure with a truly extraordinary life this gorgeously written fiction brings her brilliance to light flag 24 likesLike see review Jul 03, 2018 Liz rated it it was amazing I am lucky enough to have read a preview copy of The Age of Light Whitney is an amazing first time published author This book was a delight to read and I could barely put it down It contains the joie de live of an F Scott Fitzgerald novel and the artistic intensity of Frieda Kahlo Lee Miller is a perfect character and pulls you in to her story Other books would have portrayed her as the woman behind the man, but this story proves how compelling, smart, creative and so very imperfect Lee I am lucky enough to have read a preview copy of The Age of Light Whitney is an amazing first time published author This book was a delight to read and I could barely put it down It contains the joie de live of an F Scott Fitzgerald novel and the artistic intensity of Frieda Kahlo Lee Miller is a perfect character and pulls you in to her story Other books would have portrayed her as the woman behind the man, but this story proves how compelling, smart, creative and so very imperfect Lee Miller was Whitney has the power to create an image of art I have never really experienced before in a novel You can practically see her bell jar series or her WW II photography hanging on the wall in front of you Plus, girlfriend can write the hell out of a love scene Lee embodies the power of female sexual desire and the way that men fear it want to control it I can t wait for others to be able to read it so we can share cocktails and talk about all things Lee Miller flag 23 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Book of the Month added it Why I love itby Taylor Jenkins ReidThe Age of Light had me at a love affair between real life photographers Lee Miller and Man Ray But when I learned it s also the story of a woman who moves beyond muse to artist, I all but threw myself at it and yelled, Take my money I m a sucker for a woman demanding to be heard.When Lee Miller arrives in 1930s Paris, she s determined to put her successful modeling career behind her and go behind the lens Soon, she meets Surrealist artist Man Ray and co Why I love itby Taylor Jenkins ReidThe Age of Light had me at a love affair between real life photographers Lee Miller and Man Ray But when I learned it s also the story of a woman who moves beyond muse to artist, I all but threw myself at it and yelled, Take my money I m a sucker for a woman demanding to be heard.When Lee Miller arrives in 1930s Paris, she s determined to put her successful modeling career behind her and go behind the lens Soon, she meets Surrealist artist Man Ray and convinces him to make her not his subject, but his assistant As the two work closely together, Lee finds her voice as a photographer Slowly, they fall in love, but quickly, the lines of their relationship blur Is she his muse or partner Are they faithful or not Where does one person end and the other begin I never knew just how sensual developing film could be until Lee Miller and Man Ray got into that dark room And while Man comes to life on the page as a vulnerable and possessive figure, it s Lee her tenacity, confidence, and passion for beauty who steals the show Her relationship to her body her understanding of her own beauty, her fearless lust and brazen sexuality creates some of the most captivating moments of the story Lee Miller s time in Paris and how it echoes through the rest of her life is a story I won t soon forget I suspect you won t either.Read at flag 18 likesLike see review Jul 27, 2018 Stella rated it it was amazing Loved every line of it flag 18 likesLike see review Jul 04, 2018 Rachael Burrows rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, wwii related my favorite time perio Great and informative read flag 13 likesLike see review Nov 25, 2018 Fidan Lurin rated it it was amazing Shelves galley reviews, adult fiction, favorites I was recently sent an ARC of The Age of Light by the publicists at Little, Brown and Company in exchange for an honest review This work of historical fiction by Whitney Scharer is expected to be published on February 05, 2019.The Age of Light is a captivating and exhilarating narrative that keeps readers emotionally invested up to the very last page Masquerading as historical fiction, the novel recounts the life of Vogue model turned photographer, Lee Miller and her relationship with Man Ray, I was recently sent an ARC of The Age of Light by the publicists at Little, Brown and Company in exchange for an honest review This work of historical fiction by Whitney Scharer is expected to be published on February 05, 2019.The Age of Light is a captivating and exhilarating narrative that keeps readers emotionally invested up to the very last page Masquerading as historical fiction, the novel recounts the life of Vogue model turned photographer, Lee Miller and her relationship with Man Ray, one of the most influential figures of the Dada and Surrealists movements ensuing Paris in the 1930s In incandescent prose debut writer, Whitney Scharer creates a female empowering tale of a heroine s journey away from home to discover her passion, her independence, and her art The story unravels under the glamour and melancholy of Paris amidst the changes resulting from World War II and its lingering stench on much of Europe with a young woman s determination to transform herself from subject of art to creator of art.In 1966 Lee is a middle aged woman who occupies her time preparing elaborate ten course meals and writing cooking articles for Vogue She lives on a farm in Sussex, England with her husband, Roland Day after day, she feels her life droning on with little excitement Her life is shaken once when her editor, Audrey wakes Lee up from her dull slumber and requests for her to write a piece for Vogue about her years with Man Ray Audrey wants Lee s story to be romantic, like a fairy tale, but Lee ultimately decides to tell the real story the one where she loved a man and he loved her, but in the end they took everything from each other who can say who was destroyed So begins the story of a woman who loved a man and he loved her, but in the end, they took love away from each other and are both left destroyed.Paris 1929 begins the heart of a vividly detailed chronicle of a professional mentorship and friendship that quickly spirals into a toxic love affair, augmenting a prolific period of creation as Lee and Man Ray become each other s whim Devoured by the decadence of Paris and the bohemian lifestyle in smoky salons, hidden speakeasies, and dimly lit cafes, the reader is drawn into a tumultuous and provocative period of Lee s life.From Lee, Man finds inspiration in his primary passion as a painter From Man, Lee learns to become the photographer as opposed to the one being photographed Surrounded by the money patrons of the elite, the Avant Garde thinkers, and the bourgeois flaneurs, the novel s plot is propelled by vignettes sensually detailed, producing a fascinating illustration of Paris during its rise to modernity.The cast of characters that Lee and Ray cross paths with creates a voyeuristic window through which the sexuality of Lee and Man are revealed and become increasingly questionable Haunted by a troubled relationship with her father that leads her to struggle with PTSD, and the introduction of a new male figure in her life, Lee s perceptions of this new artsy world become dismantled and reconstructed as she perpetually tries to reconcile an unhealthy past of abuse, rape, depression, and alcoholism.The Age of Light is an illuminating novel of the hope and effervescence that underlies a young woman s journey of self transformation Lee s life is trapped as a muse behind a camera lens from multiple figures who seek to capitalize on her beauty for personal benefits Lee reclaims her essence, and creates her own art, identity and blooming success This novel is a vivid and raw portrayal of a woman who struggles between art and creating art, and the torturous struggle of achieving both flag 10 likesLike see review Nov 01, 2018 BookGypsy rated it it was amazing Shelves net galley Lee Miller is a Vogue model turned photographer She meets and falls in love with the famous Man Ray in 1930 Paris Haunted by her past Lee is charmed by the remarkable Man Ray As lee s career starts to rise Man Ray becomes jealous and things take a turn This is at times very sexually explicit Very bohemian in nature I loved it I was compelled it The setting being Paris, the whole artsy feel of it The characters were feelable Can t say enough how good this is I just loved it I was give Lee Miller is a Vogue model turned photographer She meets and falls in love with the famous Man Ray in 1930 Paris Haunted by her past Lee is charmed by the remarkable Man Ray As lee s career starts to rise Man Ray becomes jealous and things take a turn This is at times very sexually explicit Very bohemian in nature I loved it I was compelled it The setting being Paris, the whole artsy feel of it The characters were feelable Can t say enough how good this is I just loved it I was given this advanced read from Net Galley for an honest review.Dawn Ruby BookGypsyNovels N Latte Book BlogNovels Latte Book ClubHudson Valley NY flag 11 likesLike see review Oct 02, 2018 Karen LeBlanc rated it it was amazing The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer chronicles in historical fiction the love affair between a former model turned photographer Lee Miller and the famed photographer Man Ray, an influential force in the Dada and Surrealist movements rooted in Paris in the 1930s.We first meet Lee in 1966 as a puffy middle aged woman prone to drinking whiskey and dulled by the monotony of her marriage and life on a farm on Sussex England At midlife, Lee has settled for a meh marriage and an unfulfilling but stead The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer chronicles in historical fiction the love affair between a former model turned photographer Lee Miller and the famed photographer Man Ray, an influential force in the Dada and Surrealist movements rooted in Paris in the 1930s.We first meet Lee in 1966 as a puffy middle aged woman prone to drinking whiskey and dulled by the monotony of her marriage and life on a farm on Sussex England At midlife, Lee has settled for a meh marriage and an unfulfilling but steady job writing cooking articles for Vogue as the magazine s domestic correspondent, the same magazine where she once was the cover model Lee s life is a far cry from the passionate adventurous years of her youth as the lover of Man Ray and later a war photographer.Midlife malaise has set in and is seeping through her every fiber As the author writes of her current state There is so much that s making her angry that the stranger who greets her in the mirror each morning, burst blood vessels blooming across her puffy face The quality of Lee s writing has thinned along with her drive and enthusiasm to remain the domestic correspondent Lee is stuck But she knows her writing is still good Her photos are still good Or they would be if she could do them if she could shrug off the stultifying sadness that she pulls around with her like a heavy cape In an effort wake Lee from her sleepwalking slumber professionally and personally, and salvage her writing career at Vogue, her editor Audrey and her husband Roland want Lee to write a piece for Vogue about her years with Man Ray suggesting it would do her good to have a big project to focus on Lee has no choice to acquiesce to this thinly veiled threat if Lee refuses to write the article, she is finished at Vogue So begins the story she chooses to tell If you tell something enough times it becomes true, just the way a photograph can trick you into thinking it s a memory Or as the author states Lee could tell the real story the one where she loved a man and he loved her, but in the end, they took everything from each other who can say who was destroyed It s the story that she s locked up tight inside herself Thus the heart of the novel begins in 1929 Paris as we witness in vivid detail the friendship and professional mentorship that turned into a passionate love affair fueling a prolific period of art and creativity in Lee and Man Ray s lives, as each becomes the other s muse.Lee and Man Ray bring out the best of each other for a while He is inspired to paint, his primary artistic passion Lee learns to become an accomplished photographer in her own right Their relationship and professional lives bloom amid the backdrop of 1930s Paris, and the creative class of literati, moneyed patrons, artistic outliers and the Avant guard providing plenty of fascinating fodder for vignettes and encounters that propel the book s plot.The eccentric characters who cross the path of Lee and Man Ray offer a voyeuristic window into the sexually fluid society that left Lee perpetually questioning Man Ray s own sexuality while she struggles to reconcile with her unhealthy relationship with her father.The author writes each chapter as cinematic scenes where I could easily envision the action and setting playing out in real time The sensory detail, the dialog, and the characterization work in perfect sync to immerse the reader in a time, place and creative ethos that produced some of the early 20th Century s most noted artists.Lee Miller has been a muse her entire life for her father countless fashion photographers Man Ray even own husband, Roland, who seeks to capitalize on his wife s rarefied artistic connections What s left for Lee to claim as her own, when her very essence is the source of everyone else s art and success The author s debut novel, The Age of Light, is an engrossing read with profound subtexts about beauty, love, art and the tortured struggle to be both muse and master of your art flag 8 likesLike see review Jul 12, 2018 Krista rated it really liked it The Age of Light is one of those books that says with you long after you ve finished it The story follows beautiful model Lee Miller as she moves from NYC to Paris and reinvents herself as a photographer She meets Man Ray, already a successful artist and photographer, and they embark on the kind of love affair that defines one s life Lee is Man Ray s lover, partner, protege and overall muse and their relationship plays out on the pages , drawing the reader in I had no idea I was reading abou The Age of Light is one of those books that says with you long after you ve finished it The story follows beautiful model Lee Miller as she moves from NYC to Paris and reinvents herself as a photographer She meets Man Ray, already a successful artist and photographer, and they embark on the kind of love affair that defines one s life Lee is Man Ray s lover, partner, protege and overall muse and their relationship plays out on the pages , drawing the reader in I had no idea I was reading about 2 real people and as soon as I finished the book and googled them I was fascinated all over again.The beauty of this book is hard to put into words It s not a light read it s the kind of book that each sentence, each moment, is crafted so beautifully that you ll want to slow down and savor it all It s literary fiction at its best Lee and Man are extremely well drawn and even though both of them are a bit unlikeable sometimes, as a reader, I was completely along for the ride wherever it was taking me The end of the 1920s part of the book did not disappoint, and I also appreciated the way the epilogue completed the story The only thing that was somewhat out of place, were the parts at the end of each section that followed Lee through Europe during and after WWII I understand what the scenes were meant to show about Lee, but to me, the were completely unnecessary Overall, this was a captivating piece of historical fiction that I can t get out of my head Thank you NetGally for the advance copy flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Susan rated it it was amazing Sensuous writing dripping with period set details from salons to cabarets, seedy lounges and absinthe dens, Whitney Scharer s The Age of Light is the fictionalized account of the love affair between Lee Miller and Man Ray, interlaced with brief chapters from Miller s time as a war photographer The third person present narration gives each scene immediacy unshackled from traditional historical fiction Scharer s smooth, unabashed writing style matches perfectly with Miller s story as she goes fr Sensuous writing dripping with period set details from salons to cabarets, seedy lounges and absinthe dens, Whitney Scharer s The Age of Light is the fictionalized account of the love affair between Lee Miller and Man Ray, interlaced with brief chapters from Miller s time as a war photographer The third person present narration gives each scene immediacy unshackled from traditional historical fiction Scharer s smooth, unabashed writing style matches perfectly with Miller s story as she goes from apprentice to muse to lover and to artist in 1930s Paris flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 30, 2018 Vivian Payton rated it it was amazing In this beautifully written debut novel by Whitney Sharer, THE AGE OF LIGHT transports readers to Paris in the 1930 s and Europe during World War II when Man Ray and Lee Miller meet Lee is a successful model whose father used to photograph her when she was young and taught her some basics of the trade At the age of 22, she meets Man Ray, a successful and renowned artist and photographer, who she begins to work for him as his assistant As they collaborate together, they discover new techniques In this beautifully written debut novel by Whitney Sharer, THE AGE OF LIGHT transports readers to Paris in the 1930 s and Europe during World War II when Man Ray and Lee Miller meet Lee is a successful model whose father used to photograph her when she was young and taught her some basics of the trade At the age of 22, she meets Man Ray, a successful and renowned artist and photographer, who she begins to work for him as his assistant As they collaborate together, they discover new techniques in the photography field, but all Lee wants is to become successful herself and be recognized for her creative side Their love of photography and working relationship blossoms into love, but Man s jealousy and Lee s personality cause their sensual relationship to clash and spiral infusing anger I loved Sharer s writing She has a distinct way with words, and there is so much substance in them For instance, I loved this quote, Her anger is like the cellulose fire it cannot be extinguished And this quote sums up Lee s own anguish describing herself, She could tell him that she doesn t know who she is, that she never has, that sometimes she just feels like an empty vessel to be filled by whoever she is with or whatever she is doing Sharer captivates the reader with her words, and her descriptions are so vivid I enjoyed her novel, and highly recommend it flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 15, 2018 Katherine Riley rated it it was amazing The Age of Light is like a book of life condensed to its essentials Meticulously researched, there is little it does not contain Now that it s over, I find myself still thinking about Lee a lot, not just the woman or the artist but both, in the larger context of womanhood and artistry and love When it began, I was aware of the praise it has garnered as a fantastic Parisian love story, and so was frankly shocked to meet a woman who perceives herself as old and fat and ugly, who can t make art The Age of Light is like a book of life condensed to its essentials Meticulously researched, there is little it does not contain Now that it s over, I find myself still thinking about Lee a lot, not just the woman or the artist but both, in the larger context of womanhood and artistry and love When it began, I was aware of the praise it has garnered as a fantastic Parisian love story, and so was frankly shocked to meet a woman who perceives herself as old and fat and ugly, who can t make art any, who is a hardcore drunkard, the serious Bukowski kind Slowly then, from this portrayal of a woman artist as utterly fallen, rose not a hero, but rather an anti hero A woman and artist forced by the intrinsic inequality of her intimate relationships into the role of villain, victim It took me until after the book was over to finally understand her in all these different ways To see this book not only as a great love affair and a portrait of an artist, but also as a great and lingering social tragedy, that in her time Lee was forced to choose between love and art, and lost both flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 07, 2018 Patricia Romero rated it liked it Shelves historical fiction, history A captivating debut about Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, and her passionate affair with the artist Man Ray in 1930s Paris.When Lee Miller comes to Paris in 1929 she wants nothing than to create a new life She is tired of being the one in front of the camera and wants to be the one taking photographs Lee had a rather abusive childhood which is alluded to but I would have liked to have heard about it It led her to make some bad life choices When she is introduce A captivating debut about Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, and her passionate affair with the artist Man Ray in 1930s Paris.When Lee Miller comes to Paris in 1929 she wants nothing than to create a new life She is tired of being the one in front of the camera and wants to be the one taking photographs Lee had a rather abusive childhood which is alluded to but I would have liked to have heard about it It led her to make some bad life choices When she is introduced to the famous Man Ray, they immediately have a connection At first,he wants her to model for him but they get into an intense and not that healthy relationship.The story is told between timelines and is rich in detail and full of all the horrors of war and the debauchery of Paris at that time Opium dens, erotic vaudeville, multiple lovers.After betrayals on both side you have a feeling this isn t going to work out He is egotistical and condescending and she is emotionally messed up.I enjoyed reading about these two I would have enjoyed it if there were fewer words I found myself wanting it to be over.Great story, just a lot wordy.February 5th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company Netgalley flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 04, 2018 Julie Greb rated it it was amazing I am a fan of literary fiction, especially books with incredible character building This book was right up my alley The story follows a former Vogue model turned wannabe photographer Lee Miller, as she moves to Paris to follow her dream of becoming an artist Miller stumbles upon the hip Parisian boho party scene and ends up meeting artist Man Ray She becomes Ray s muse, then his lover, and then his creative partner The book follows this period of Miller s life and paints a portrait of Paris I am a fan of literary fiction, especially books with incredible character building This book was right up my alley The story follows a former Vogue model turned wannabe photographer Lee Miller, as she moves to Paris to follow her dream of becoming an artist Miller stumbles upon the hip Parisian boho party scene and ends up meeting artist Man Ray She becomes Ray s muse, then his lover, and then his creative partner The book follows this period of Miller s life and paints a portrait of Paris at this time The main narrative thread of the book does some time hopping to other periods of Miller s life, which helps put the story of your life in context The author pulls this off effortlessly the book is so very well written If you are fans of Wolitzer, Patchett, Tartt, Lamott, etc then I highly recommend this novel flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 12, 2018 Julie Langsdorf rated it it was amazing What a beautiful novel Scharer takes the reader back to Paris in the twenties, an era exploding with innovation and creativity, as seen through the eyes of the fascinating and gorgeous Lee Miller She evokes the woman and the time in sensual and poetic prose, following Miller, then a fashion model, as she arrives in Paris with dreams of becoming a photographer at a time when women, no matter how talented, were the muses and men, the artists Scharer gives equal weight to the beauty and pain i What a beautiful novel Scharer takes the reader back to Paris in the twenties, an era exploding with innovation and creativity, as seen through the eyes of the fascinating and gorgeous Lee Miller She evokes the woman and the time in sensual and poetic prose, following Miller, then a fashion model, as she arrives in Paris with dreams of becoming a photographer at a time when women, no matter how talented, were the muses and men, the artists Scharer gives equal weight to the beauty and pain in Miller s life there was plenty of pain as Miller, determined, struggles to become the artist she is really meant to be Don t miss this one when it comes out in Februrary flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 14, 2018 Lindsay Lamping rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaways This book is amazing A coming of age, mixed with love story, mixed with betrayal It has a little bit of everything that will keep you intrigued until the very end Whitney Scharer s writing is superb She captivates the reader from the very beginning The story switches back and forth between present and past to help you gain an understanding of the character s in their entirety The main character, Lee, is complex and I feel that many can relate to her on some level This book is must read to This book is amazing A coming of age, mixed with love story, mixed with betrayal It has a little bit of everything that will keep you intrigued until the very end Whitney Scharer s writing is superb She captivates the reader from the very beginning The story switches back and forth between present and past to help you gain an understanding of the character s in their entirety The main character, Lee, is complex and I feel that many can relate to her on some level This book is must read to add to you TBR piles flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 02, 2018 Rachel rated it it was amazing Lee Miller sucked me in Scharer expertly portrays her life in broad glamorous strokes complete with Gatsby style parties and towering luminaries such as Cocteau I devoured it all including the explosive love scenes but these broad strokes were not what really grabbed me What moved me to love this book was the underlying tension of Lee s traumatic past that sat boiling below her every decision and had her self destructing at almost every turn Read this book flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 20, 2018 Mary rated it it was amazing Excellent historical novel set in Paris in the 1920 1930 artistic era flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Julia Phillips rated it it was amazing THE AGE OF LIGHT is magnificent Following photographer Lee Miller from her childhood in Poughkeepsie to her blossoming as a young artist and lover in 1929 1932 Paris to her experiences as a war correspondent during World War II to her retreat from the spotlight to a farm house in Sussex, this novel transforms an underappreciated historical figure into an absolutely captivating fictional heroine The novel brings Lee to new life We readers come to know her intimately, in her desires, her trauma THE AGE OF LIGHT is magnificent Following photographer Lee Miller from her childhood in Poughkeepsie to her blossoming as a young artist and lover in 1929 1932 Paris to her experiences as a war correspondent during World War II to her retreat from the spotlight to a farm house in Sussex, this novel transforms an underappreciated historical figure into an absolutely captivating fictional heroine The novel brings Lee to new life We readers come to know her intimately, in her desires, her traumas, her ambitions, her fears We learn to love and hate Man Ray, her partner in Paris, as much as she does, for all his talent, generosity, and patriarchy We adore all that Lee Miller created even as we are sorry for so many of the circumstances under which she made her art THE AGE OF LIGHT is both an unputdownable work of fiction and an incredible entry point into history I can t recommend it enough flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Jypsy marked it as to read The Age of Light is the story of Lee Miller A Vogue model turned photographer Lee went to Paris to work with Man Ray and learn the art of photography It s the 20s in Paris, so imagine the vice and decadent lifestyles Lee and Ray had a love affair But, he was obsessed with her beauty She didn t want to be viewed as a beautiful toy for any man Their relationship suffered and eventually ended once her talent in photography eclipsed his The student becomes the teacher Miller went on to take The Age of Light is the story of Lee Miller A Vogue model turned photographer Lee went to Paris to work with Man Ray and learn the art of photography It s the 20s in Paris, so imagine the vice and decadent lifestyles Lee and Ray had a love affair But, he was obsessed with her beauty She didn t want to be viewed as a beautiful toy for any man Their relationship suffered and eventually ended once her talent in photography eclipsed his The student becomes the teacher Miller went on to take stunning photos of WWII This is a fascinating story about a remarkable woman Definitely recommend if you have any interest in the subject Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 23, 2018 Susan McBeth rated it it was amazing In an exquisite debut, Whitney Scharer takes readers on an extraordinary journey alongside American Lee Miller, the beautiful Vogue model determined to make her mark as a surrealist photographer in 1930 s Paris Miller embarks on this passionate and bold quest through battlefields, bistros, and bedrooms in her tenacious quest, despite what appear to be the twin advantages of stunning looks and a relationship with lover, famed artist Man Ray This journey would be a challenge for any writer, yet In an exquisite debut, Whitney Scharer takes readers on an extraordinary journey alongside American Lee Miller, the beautiful Vogue model determined to make her mark as a surrealist photographer in 1930 s Paris Miller embarks on this passionate and bold quest through battlefields, bistros, and bedrooms in her tenacious quest, despite what appear to be the twin advantages of stunning looks and a relationship with lover, famed artist Man Ray This journey would be a challenge for any writer, yet Scharer develops Miller s complex transformation from ambition to self realization as if she were Miller s intimate confidante I caution readers with restraint to not be arrested for DWR driving while reading , as they enjoy this gorgeous book flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 08, 2018 Dan Radovich rated it really liked it What a debut Scharer has written in THE AGE OF LIGHT The relationship of Man Ray and Lee Miller are told in vivid prose from early 1930s Paris thru WWII Professional and personal relationships are shared by these two, Miller being the eager apprentice to the older famous photographer Did he use her, YES he did, professionally and sexually The story captures all aspects of their relationship in a real page turner I knew hardly anything about either of these talents, and came away feeling rew What a debut Scharer has written in THE AGE OF LIGHT The relationship of Man Ray and Lee Miller are told in vivid prose from early 1930s Paris thru WWII Professional and personal relationships are shared by these two, Miller being the eager apprentice to the older famous photographer Did he use her, YES he did, professionally and sexually The story captures all aspects of their relationship in a real page turner I knew hardly anything about either of these talents, and came away feeling rewarded by Scharer s version of Miller s story She captures the era perfectly and brings all characters to believable life flag 3 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Book of The Month The Age of Light 1 9 Jan 31, 2019 05 02AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Books by Whitney Scharer More Trivia About The Age of Light No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 54, 59, 18, 7, 3 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us 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      • Whitney Scharer

        Whitney Scharer s debut novel, THE AGE OF LIGHT, is forthcoming from Little, Brown US and Picador UK in February 2019, and in over a dozen other countries She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from the University of Washington She lives outside Boston with her husband and daughter.


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    1. This novel of Lee Miller a model turned photographer who became the assistant and lover to the 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 This n [...]


    2. As an amateur photographer and someone who loves photography as art, I was thrilled to get an advance copy of this book about Lee Miller and Man Ray It took me back to the days when photography was as much about developing a picture as taking it The book shines when the descriptions turn to the art of photography, especially when Lee is framing a shot or Man is teaching her how to develop for maximum effect or they come up with a new technique When she is determining how to take a shot, I cou As [...]


    3. This is a romance novel masquerading as historical fiction Despite my interest in Man Ray and Lee Miller, I truly don t need to read about their steamy sex Their sexual proclivities aside, there is a lot about this that simply reads false.


    4. 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.


    5. 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 about Man Ray and his enchanting lover that I found Scharer took a few liberti I knew v [...]



    6. This is truly an extraordinary novel From the first scene to the last, I fell into my own passionate love affair with this book I found myself always wanting to be reading it, and pining for it when I had to set it down, thinking about the characters and the lushness of the details as I fell asleep Scharer has a visual artists eye for detail, an ear for lyrical prose, and a huge empathetic heart I can t wait to share it with everyone I know.


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