THE AGE OF LIGHT
A captivating debut about Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, and her passionate affair with Surrealist artist Man Ray. Told in interweaving timelines of 1930s Paris and war-torn Europe during WWII, this richly detailed, sensuous, and captivating novel brings Lee Miller—a brilliant and pioneering artist in her own right—out of the shadows of a man’s legacy and into the light.
"A startlingly modern love story"
“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 1930s 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 to artist.”
– Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You
"Powerful, sensual, and gripping"
“Whitney Scharer’s storytelling is utterly immersive and gorgeous in its details,
transporting you into Lee Miller’s life and her struggles to be taken seriously
in a man’s world. This is a powerful, sensual, and gripping portrait of the
forging of an artist’s soul.”
– Madeline Miller, New York Times bestselling author of Circe and The Song of Achilles
“A masterpiece, The Age of Light is a searing, evocative novel of love and war, and a woman’s fierce determination to transcend her role as muse and remake the world through her own art. Whitney Scharer is a remarkably gifted storyteller—a major new voice in historical fiction.”
—Dawn Tripp, bestselling author of Georgia and Game of Secrets
"A bold, intimate, and gorgeous novel"
“The Age of Light is a bold, intimate, and gorgeous novel—at once a vivid romp through the salons and parties of the Paris art world in the 1930s and a breathtaking close-up of a woman battling to be both muse and artist, lover and collaborator, and, above all, herself. This is a relevant, utterly enthralling debut from a talented writer who understands the complex intersection of ambition and femininity. I was swept off my feet.”
—Jessica Shattuck, New York Times bestselling author of The Women in the Castle and The Hazards of Good Breeding
"Uplifting, heartbreaking, and altogether immersive"
“An extraordinary young woman discovers love and art and betrayal among the artists of 1930s Paris and documents the horrors of war through her singular camera lens. An uplifting, heartbreaking, and altogether immersive read.”
—Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Before the War and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
“When I first read The Age of Light, I thought it might have been written expressly for me, since it has everything I love in it: photography, sex, love, war, 1930s Paris, a relationship struggle between two artists, a woman’s journey from model to photographer, and the most exquisite writing. Then I realized: this magnetic, addictive novel will beguile every reader. Read it, read it!”
—Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us
and The Lost Family
"A captivating portrait"
“Scharer’s scrupulous research and dazzling prose fuse to create a captivating portrait of the little-known – but now unforgettable – Lee Miller, whose exceptional beauty, bold conviction, and rare talent disrupted the male-centric art scene of 1920’s Paris.”
—Georgia Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of We Were The Lucky Ones
Whitney holds a BA in English Literature from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Her first novel, The Age of Light, based on the life of pioneering photographer Lee Miller, is forthcoming from Little, Brown (US) and Picador (UK) in February, 2019. She lives with her husband and daughter in Arlington, MA.