The Age of Light

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

When Lee Miller comes to Paris in 1929 she wants nothing more than to create a new life. She is tired of being the one in front of the camera and wants to be the one taking photographs.

Lee had a rather abusive childhood which is alluded to but I would have liked to have heard more about it. It led her to make some bad life choices. When she is introduced to the famous Man Ray, they immediately have a connection. At first,he wants her to model for him but they get into an intense and not that healthy relationship.

The story is told between timelines and is rich in detail and full of all the horrors of war and the debauchery of Paris at that time. Opium dens, erotic vaudeville, multiple lovers.

After betrayals on both side you have a feeling this isn’t going to work out. He is egotistical and condescending and she is emotionally messed up.

I enjoyed reading about these two.

February 5th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company/Netgalley


  1. I love historical fiction–may just have to check this out!

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    1. After I read it I went did some research on Miller and Man Ray and ended up reading it again!


  2. Have you ever read The Bones of Paris by Laurie R King? It’s a long time since I read it, so my memory is vague, but Man Rey appears as a kind of minor character and it touches on his relationship with women. I loved the book when I read it – it gave a real feeling for the decadence of that place and time.

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    1. No, but I’ll find it. Thanks!

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