Lee Miller was only 22 when she plunged into the surrealism that was 1929 Paris. Her beauty had made her a successful model in New York, but she wanted to chuck all that.
“She has come to start over, to make art instead of being made into it,” author Whitney Scharer says in this historical fiction. Before long, Miller will meet Surrealist photographer/painter Man Ray, an established artist 17 years her senior.
She will become his studio assistant, his lover, his muse and, eventually, his rival.
“She has come to start over, to make art instead of being made into it.
It’s the stuff of romance novels, but it’s true. Miller’s tempestuous real life — from abused child to shellshocked war correspondent — is tailor-made for historical fiction. For her debut novel, Scharer wisely focuses on the formative years that Miller spent with Ray.
Miller absorbs all Ray can teach about camera and darkroom techniques. Ray introduces her to avant-garde celebrities such as Jean Cocteau. A steamy darkroom scene cements their interdependence.
But as Miller develops her own art, tensions build. “Nothing huge, just a crack in the sidewalk, with her on one side and him on the other,” she thinks as she prepares to appease him again.
Readers watching her mind at work may be tempted to say, “Oh, grow up!” But Miller’s dilemma illustrates the pressures that many ambitious young women face in their love and work lives.
Tribune News Service
In his book he gave uncensored details about what it means to be living in a world you do not fit. In his case being obese in a world where airplanes, public restrooms, restaurants and booths are not prioritize for people with his body type.
In this novel, Liza Wieland distills Bishop’s formative years into an artful blend of biography and imagination. Her challenge is to echo Bishop’s poetic voice without losing her own, and she manages beautifully.
Raphael Bob-Waksberg debut novel, "Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory," is a collection of short stories, with different themes.
Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey questioned the Mumbai Police as to why they did not investigate the money trail while probing the suicide of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
In 2019, Camille Pépin was the only girl in composition lessons at the Paris Conservatory. The promotion of female composers must also be carried out at the level of conservatories, she says
Rihanna has opened up about feeling like a “clown” at the 2015 Met Gala because of how the other guests were dressed.