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This novel tells the story of Vogue model Lee Miller turned renowned photographer, 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 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. 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.
Whitney Scharer earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and her short fiction has appeared in the “Bellevue Literary Review”, “Cimarron Review,” and other journals. She’s received an Emerging Artist Award in Literature from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, a Somerville Arts Council Artists grant, and been awarded a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. “”The Age of Light is her first novel and an Oblong Books staff pick!