Whitney Scharer

12 Oct 2019
11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
St. Peter's Parish Hall

Whitney Scharer

Whitney received her M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Washington in 2004. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous journals including New Flash Fiction Review, Cimarron Review, and Bellevue Literary Review. Originally from Colorado, she now lives outside Boston with her family.


“I’d rather take a photograph than be one,” Vogue model, Lee Miller, declares after she arrives in 1929 Paris where she 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. As they work together in the darkroom, their personal and professional lives become intimately entwined, changing the course of Lee’s life forever.

Lee journeys from the cabarets of bohemian Paris to the battlefields of war-torn Europe during WWII, where she documents 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.

This rich and detailed novel brings Lee Miller, a brilliant and pioneering artist, out of the shadows of a man’s legacy and into the light.

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