Whitney Scharer’s historical novel The Age of Light takes us from the glamor of Paris in the 1920s to the horror of World War II battlefields in a startlingly modern love story based on the true life of fashion model and gifted photographer. Lee Miller.
Hi there. I’m your host, Jenny Wheeler. And today we have a treat. Whitney Scharer’s debut novel. I know we usually do series, but this is a little bit special. It’s a great mesmerizing portrait of a true woman, Lee Miller as she transforms from muse to artist. She’s the girl who in her twenties, the former Vogue cover girl, who said, ‘I’d rather take a photograph than be in one.’
Author Paula McLain called it “rapturous and razor sharp.”
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Links to points discussed in the show:
Lee Miller: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Miller
Lee Miller’s famous picture of herself in Hitler’s bathtub:
Man Ray, Solarization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QITcY3W0mto
The Lee Miller Archive: https://www.leemiller.co.uk/
Anthony Penrose: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antony_Penrose#
Books Whitney is reading:
Emily St John Mandel, Sea Of Tranquility: https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Tranquility-Emily-John-Mandel/dp/0593321448
Jennifer Egan, The Candy House: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Candy-House/Jennifer-Egan/9781476716763
Jennifer Egan, A Visit From The Goon Squad: https://www.amazon.com/Visit-Goon-Squad-Jennifer-Egan/dp/0307477479
Ann Leary, The Foundling; https://annleary.com/
Where to find Whitney online:
Where to find Whitney Scharer online:
Things you will learn in Whitney and The Age of Light
How and why Whitney came to write the book
How Lee Miller and May Ray met.
Their innovative photographic collaboration in Paris
The love affair that turned toxic
Lee Miller’s wartime career.
Parisian art world of the 20s and 30s
What historical fiction authors choose to leave in or leave out of their story
Lee Miller’s son’s work in maintaining her artistic legacy
Lee Miller’s later role as the ‘Julia Child of Southern England’
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