Lara Prescott

Coming September 2019

Translated into 28 languages and optioned for film, The Secrets We Kept is a thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty and sacrifice. Inspired by the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the 20th century: Doctor Zhivago.

At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the CIA’s typing pool and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where it was banned, and help Boris Pasternak's magnum opus make its way around the world. Glamorous and sophisticated Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who’s used her magnetism to pry secrets from powerful men. Irina is a novice, and under Sally's tutelage quickly learns how to blend in, make drops, and invisibly ferry classified documents.

The Secrets We Kept combines a legendary literary love story with a narrative about two women empowered to lead lives of extraordinary intrigue and risk. From Moscow and the Gulag to Washington and Paris, The Secrets We Kept captures a watershed moment in the history of literature--told with soaring emotional intensity and captivating historical detail, and centered on the belief that a piece of art can change the world.

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About Lara

Lara Prescott's novel, The Secrets We Kept, is forthcoming (September 2019) from Alfred A. Knopf (US) and Hutchinson (UK). It will be translated into 28 languages and adapted for film by The Ink Factory and Marc Platt Productions.

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