The Age of Light

The Age of Light

A Novel

Book - 2019
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A novel inspired by the life of the Vogue model-turned-renowned photographer finds Lee Miller relocating to 1929 Paris, where she becomes the muse and colleague of the mercurial surrealist, Man Ray.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316524087
0316524085
Characteristics: 376 pages ; 25 cm

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The Age of Light is an alluring historical romance centered on the relationship between Lee Miller and Man Ray. The book opens on a rural farm in England in the 1960s. Miller is throwing a dinner party when her editor suggests a magazine piece recalling her time with Man Ray in 1930s Paris. Mille... Read More »


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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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