The Age of Light - Whitney Scharer

The Age of Light

By Whitney Scharer

  • Release Date: 2019-02-05
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 135 Ratings


One of the Best Books of the Year: Parade, Glamour, Real Simple, Refinery29, Yahoo! Lifestyle. "A startlingly modern love story and a mesmerizing portrait of a woman's self-transformation from muse to artist." --Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere

"I'd rather take a photograph than be one," Lee Miller 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.


  • A stunner!

    By Boscophogg
    Wonderful and romantic, this book has everything; sex, art, love and food (mostly) set in prewar Paris, beautifully written. A stunning first novel
  • The age of light

    By katin155
    This is a romance novel. Not even a good one.
  • The Age of Light

    By SPBerko
    It is a great story very poorly written. It does not flow smoothly and therefore the story line is disjointed. To bad!!!
  • Not Worth A Million Dollars

    By juliusa
    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.