Whitney Scharer

Whitney Scharer

The Age of Light

Little, Brown and Company

A captivating debut about Vogue model Lee Miller, and her passionate affair with artist Man Ray in 1930s Paris.

“I’d rather take a picture than be one,” says Miller after arriving in Paris. Lee leaves behind a successful modeling career to pursue her dream. She catches the eye of the Surrealist Man Ray, and though he wants to use her only as a model, Lee convinces him to teach her photography. Man is an egotistical, charismatic force, and their personal and professional lives become intimately entwined, as the lines between maker and muse blur.


Lee’s story unfolds in Paris, with nights spent at cabarets, opium dens, and wild parties, and days spent working with Man to discover radical new photography techniques. As Lee begins to find success in her own right, Man’s jealousy spirals, and soon betrayals threaten to destroy them.


Told in interweaving timelines of 1930s Paris and war-torn Europe during WWII, this sensuous debut brings Lee Miller — a brilliant and pioneering artist — out of the shadows and into the light.

“. . . a modern love story and a mesmerizing portrait of a woman’s self-transformation from muse into artist.”
—Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author