The Age of Light

The Age of Light

A Novel

Book - 2019
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Lee Miller has left behind a successful modelling career to pursue her dream of being an artist. After she catches the eye of renowned artist Man Ray, Lee convinces him to teach her photography. But as Lee begins to assert herself, and moves from being a muse to an artist, Man's jealousy spirals out of control, and soon their mutual betrayals threaten to destroy them both. Told in interweaving timelines of 1930s Paris and war-torn Europe during WWII, this richly detailed, sensuous, and captivating debut novel brings Lee Miller out of the shadows of a man's legacy and into the light.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780316454407
Characteristics: 376 pages ;,24 cm.


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May 25, 2019

The elements of a good story were there- Woman photographer in the '40s with an element of historic fiction, timely consideration to woman not credited for noteworthy accomplishments, the usual intimate relationships with men, a tad of drugs/fetish... The art and photography of the main female character and her relationship to Man were underdeveloped due to other distractions. Could have been more serious.

VaughanPLKim May 18, 2019

Prior to reading this book, I wasn't familiar with Lee Miller. She is a former model who struggles to be taken seriously as a photographer, and even her mentor/lover, Man Ray, discredits her work. The story jumps between Miller's time in Paris working with Ray and her time as a photojournalist during World War II. Unfortunately the two narratives don't come together that well. I would have enjoyed the book more if it had simply focused on Miller's Paris years. The pacing was a bit slow at times but the ending is satisfying.

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