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Whitney Scharer presents THE AGE OF LIGHT, co-sponsored with the Portland Public Library’s Spotlight Lecture Series, in conversation with Bowdoin English Professor and author Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

Thursday, May 2nd, 6:30PM
Whitney Scharer presents THE AGE OF LIGHT, co-sponsored with the Portland Public Library’s Spotlight Lecture Series, in conversation with Bowdoin English Professor and author Alex Marzano-Lesnevich
Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Way, Portland, ME 04101

A captivating debut novel by Whitney Scharer, THE AGE OF LIGHT tells the story of Vogue model 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.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Portland Public Library
5 Monument Way
Portland, ME 04101
The Age of Light: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316524087
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 5th, 2019