The Age of Light: Whitney Scharer previews historical romance that set off an intense bidding war

The Age of Light: Whitney Scharer previews historical romance that set off an intense bidding war

Last fall, EW reported on Little, Brown’s seven-figure acquisition of The Age of Light, a historical romance from an unknown author which set off an intense bidding war. The book, by Whitney Scharer, centers on pioneering photographer Lee Miller and her tumultuous relationship with the artist Man Ray. She ended up receiving a remarkable 13 bids from publishers on the proposal.

“I think what makes Whitney’s novel so special is that it’s very accessible, so it has the commercial potential to reach a broad audience, but it is also gorgeously written with great psychological sophistication,” Scharer’s agent Julie Barer told EW. “One editor described it as the kind of book that is both ‘what women want to read and what they need to read.’”

In the months since it’s been full steam ahead. The Age of Light now has a gorgeous cover that hints at the book’s steamy, feminist themes, and some additional details as to what exactly readers will be in store for have been unveiled. The book is one of early 2019’s more anticipated literary titles, and to preview it, Scharer chatted with EW about the feeling of suddenly becoming a published novelist, the insanity of the bidding war, and the process of getting the book ready for its 2019 release.

Read on below, and pre-order the book here.

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