Told in alternating timelines of 1930s Paris and the battlefields of WWII, this sensuous, richly researched and imagined debut novel brings to light the life of a fearless, original artist--a woman whose name and art should be known by everyone.

Whitney Scharer

Whitney Scharer holds a BA in English Literature from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous journals including New Flash Fiction Review, Cimarron Review, and Bellevue Literary Review. Her first novel, The Age of Light, based on the life of pioneering photographer Lee Miller, was published by Little, Brown (US) and Picador (UK) in February, 2019, and is forthcoming from over a dozen other countries. She lives with her husband and daughter in Arlington, MA.

Whitney has been awarded the Virginia Center For the Arts Residency, the St. Botolph Emerging Artists Grant 2015, the 2014 Somerville Arts Council Artists Fellowship, the Loren D. Milliman Fellowship for second year of graduate study,and the Gerberding Fellowship for study in Rome
Adelphic Scholarship for Wesleyan Writers’ Conference.

Whitney teaches fiction writing workshops in the greater Boston area and is available for editorial consultations on short stories, novel writing, and memoir.

Scharer’s stellar debut chronicles the tumultuous working and romantic relationships of photographer Man Ray and model-turned-photographer Lee Miller in early 1930s Paris…Scharer’s brilliant portrayal of the complicated couple features a page-turning story and thrillingly depicts the artistic process.
— Publishers Weekly Starred Review
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Talks and Topics

  • The Age of Light presentation

  • The Age of Light Reading Group Guide

  • Getting to Truth Through Fiction: Historical Fiction about Real People

  • Claiming Your Identity as an Artist: Women Artists and Writers

  • Bringing the Past To Life

Whitney Scharer’s storytelling is utterly immersive and gorgeous in its details, transporting you into Lee Miller’s life and her struggles to be taken seriously in a man’s world. This is a powerful, sensual, and gripping portrait of the forging of an artist’s soul.
— NYT Bestselling Author Madeline Miller

In incandescent prose, Whitney Scharer has created an unforgettable heroine discovering her passion, her independence, and her art—and what she must sacrifice to have them.
— NYT Bestselling Author Celeste Ng

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Previous & Upcoming Events:

  • Apr 4, 2019: Arlington Author Salon - Arlington, MA

  • Apr 5-7, 2019: The Muse and the Marketplace - Boston, MA

  • Apr 13, 2019: Literary Tea at Westgate Hotel - San Diego, CA

  • Apr 16, 2019: Library Council Literary Series Luncheon - Los Angeles, CA

  • Apr 17, 2019: Literary Society of the Desert Luncheon - Palm Springs, CA

  • Apr 27-28, 2019: Newburyport Literary Festival - Newburyport, MA

  • May 2, 2019: Portland Library Spotlight Series - Portland, ME

  • June 19, 2019: Poughkeepsie Library - Poughkeepsie, NY

  • Nov 3-10, 2019: Kauai Writers Conferece - Kauai, HI

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