The Age Of Light Spotlight
Title: The Age of Light
Author: Whitney Scharer
Narrators: Therese Plummer
Length: 11 hours 47 minutes
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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 Voguemodel 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 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.
I have been in a real historical mood lately. I’ve been binging historical romance like someone is going to come in and steal my books! I just finished Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas (review to come!!!).
Anyway, I’ve been itching to read this book for awhile now and just never got around to it but Libro.Fm, as always, was there to save the day with the audiobook! And WOW!!! I’m only about 2 hours in but I'm already addicted to the narrator’s way of expressing the author’s words!
This is the type of historical fiction I love! The truth is woven in to this sweeping fictional tale- making me want to go and pick up Miller’s photography books and maybe a biography or two about her extraordinary life. I love the theme of her taking her power of being a muse in front of the camera to being the muse behind the camera. I find that amazing! I can’t wait to listen to the rest of this wonderfully written story.
P.S. I’m hoping to finish this audiobook soon so that I can get started on The Priory of the Orange Tree!!! That freaking book is 25 hours long!!! And it took me almost 2 months to The Ruin of Kings, which was 27 hours long…. SOOOO many books!!! Sooooo little time!!!