I was intrigued to read this one as I love books built around famous painters. The painter in this instance is Man Ray who is a well known surrealist painter from the 1920's and 1930's. Lee Miller was an American Vogue model aspiring to be a photographer. She finds herself somehow in Paris in 1929 and in Man Ray's orbit. Lee is trying to break away from modelling and wants to pursue photography so was thrilled to get a job as Man Ray's assistant. Lee almost loses her identity in Man Ray's shadow, but she still attempts to get him to teach her everything he knows about photography. Man is attracted to her beauty and endlessly paints and photographs her. But all is not well in their Paris studio. Lee keeps trying to break out from under Man's thumb, and Man continues to try to keep her there. The story ran hot and cold for me though. Parts of the book were quite good. I really enjoyed the photographic insight and I loved the setting - Paris just before WWII. But, I have to admit that I couldn't stand Lee. She is a grasping, selfish and unlikeable person, but I suppose that is how you have to be if you want to pursue your goals, no matter what the cost. Man Ray himself was egotistical, manipulative and controlling, but again not that unusual for a famous artist. The main thing I didn't like though were the graphic sexual scenes throughout the book. I must admit I wasn't prepared for those. The bones of the story are fairly good though, so that is why I gave it three stars instead of one or two. It is a pretty good snapshot of life in Paris just before the war, and of the lifestyles of famous people. There is some name-dropping too such as Ernest Hemingway, Picasso and Jean Cocteau. The book switches timelines from 1930's France to the war years when Lee was a war photographer and correspondent. This allows us to see that she did manage to continue her career at the end of her relationship with Man Ray. If you are interested in 1930's French artists, photography and film-making you may enjoy this book.