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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. 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 than I did the fictionalized one.This was to be a buddy read with Marialyce and Dana, so look for their reviews for alternate opinions This book was just not for me. 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. 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. 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 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. 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. *Download Book ☠ 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 museI 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. My favorite book so far this year Absolutely brilliant 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.