The Age of Light

The Age of Light

She 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 She went to Paris to start over, to make art instead of being made into it. A captivating debut novel by Whitn...

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Title:The Age of Light
Author:Whitney Scharer
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Age of Light
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

The Age of Light Reviews

  • Celeste Ng
    Apr 01, 2018
    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 sha...
  • Crystal King
    Jul 01, 2018
    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. Sc...
  • JanB
    Apr 15, 2019
    DNF @ page 89. It took me 3 days to get to page 89 and I'm not finding the story compelling enough to want to pick it up, so into the DNF pile it goes. I did however spend a lot of time online looking up Lee Miller. I enjoyed reading about the real life woman more than I did th...
  • Jennifer S. Brown
    Jul 27, 2018
    This novel of Lee Miller--a model turned photographer who became the assistant and lover to the more 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...
  • Marialyce
    Apr 18, 2019
    2.5 stars Sorry to say this book disappointed me greatly. I do think that because some titles are mislabeled as to their topic, that this is often the cause for readers to be unhappy with a book. In this case, the book was said to be historical fiction. My reading of it gave me the ...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Feb 10, 2019
    I knew nothing about either Lee Miller or Man Ray before I read this book. However, I was absolutely fascinated by this story. Several times during the time I listened to the audio version of the book did I have to take a break to google both Lee Miller Man Ray for their art. Now,...
  • Krista
    Jul 12, 2018
    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...
  • Janet
    Jun 06, 2019
    4.5 really. I'm at a loss as to why I don't read more historical fiction. I absolutely loved this book about the tempestuous love affair between Man Ray and Lee Miller, two artists I had never heard of before reading this book. Now I am super curious to read their history to see how cl...
  • Liz
    Jan 15, 2019
    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 description...
  • Karen
    Aug 08, 2018
    My favorite book so far this year. Absolutely brilliant! ...
  • Rebecca
    Mar 03, 2019
    (3.75) This novel about Lee Miller?s relationship with Man Ray is in the same vein as The Paris Wife, Z, Loving Frank and Frieda: all of these have sought to rescue a historical woman from the shadow of a celebrated, charismatic male and tell her own fascinating life story. Scharer c...
  • Mary Urban
    Jul 09, 2018
    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 absolutel...
  • Stella
    Jul 27, 2018
    Loved every line of it... ...
  • Julia
    Mar 10, 2019
    The problem I had with this novel is the same one I had with Paula McLain's latest ("Love and Ruin"). The author, in both cases, takes a female artist who by all accounts has lived a full and extremely interesting life, and reduces her to the relationship she had with a more famous mal...
  • BrokenTune
    Jun 13, 2019
    DNF @ 114 pages. I throw in the towel. We have completely abandoned the historical part and any sort of character development and for the last 30 pages all we learn about is Lee's various desires for Man Ray, or really any man that reminds her of him even just a bit. These are...
  • Christopher Castellani
    Sep 29, 2018
    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 M...
  • Rachael Burrows
    Jul 04, 2018
    Great and informative read! ...
  • Erin
    Feb 17, 2019
    2.5 stars rounded up to 3. Thanks to Netgalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review So having spent time on Google researching about Lee Miller and Man Ray and their outstanding work in surrealist photography and paintings, I was expecting maybe a bit too much from t...
  • Thebooktrail
    Feb 04, 2019
    Visit the locations in the novel I have to admit that before reading this novel I had never heard of Lee Miller and had only heard of Man Ray in passing. Well this was an eye opener! If you?re an art fan, you?re going to be able to indulge in this pretty early on, but alth...
  • Theresa Smith
    Mar 08, 2019
    Let?s just cut to the chase: how stunning is this cover?! And for a novel that is largely about photographic art, it?s utterly perfect. As to the novel itself, The Age of Light is biographical historical fiction, a sub-genre I tend to gravitate towards. For the most part, The Ag...
  • Liz
    Jul 03, 2018
    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 Kahl...
  • Ygraine
    Feb 06, 2019
    i come away from the age of light with a bitter, almost metallic feeling coating my throat; it is, i think, a hard book to read at times, and one that is consciously uncomfortable, creating a distance between itself and the reader that it is hard not to imagine as a lens, the glass thr...
  • Louise Miller
    Jul 06, 2018
    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 a...
  • Amber
    Mar 29, 2019
    I am finally getting around to writing a review for this one. I believe this is the first 1 star book I have read this year. I don't give 1 star reviews easily. In fact I hate giving a 1 star to a book since I know how hard it is for authors to write a book and put it out there in the...
  • Book of the Month
    Feb 01, 2019
    Why I love it by Taylor Jenkins Reid The 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...
  • Tammy
    Jul 13, 2018
    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. ...
  • Will
    Apr 25, 2019
    Upon finishing this novel, I really wish that I had read one of the biographies of the fascinating Lee Miller rather than this flawed and salacious fictional account of her relationship with Man Ray. ...
  • Fidan Lurin
    Nov 25, 2018
    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 nar...
  • Karen LeBlanc
    Oct 02, 2018
    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...
  • BookGypsy
    Nov 01, 2018
    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 sexual...