5. The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer (Feb. 5)
“I’d rather take a photograph than be one,” declares model-turned-photographer Lee Miller in this historical novel, set in the lush landscape of 1930’s Paris. Though the book is fiction, Lee Miller is a real-life figure who did succeed in making the leap from muse to artist, ultimately serving as the only female photographer shooting combat in Europe during World War II.
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick and the recipient of numerous starred reviews, the book is also known for receiving a rare seven-figure book deal in 2017. “One editor described it as the kind of book that is both ‘what women want to read and what they need to read,” Scharer told interviewers when news of the impressive deal broke.