endorsements

“How does Lara Prescott manage to do so much in one book? We Were Never Here is stylish, thrilling, smart, vivid, at once intimate and sweeping, dreamlike and true-to-life, with an unforgettable cast and story. This is a riveting novel about a riveting novel, a love story to love stories.”

—Elizabeth McCracken (Thunderstruck & Other Stories, The Giant’s House, etc.)


We Were Never Here is as lively and vivid a novel as even the most demanding reader could wish for: epic in scope, deliciously meaty with its wide array of characters and milieux, and utterly convincing in its treatment of Cold War espionage and intrigue. This marvelous novel reads like the work of a mid-career master; what a wonderful surprise, then, to realize it's the opening salvo from a supremely gifted debut novelist. Lara Prescott is the real deal, and the evidence is right here on every page.”

—Ben Fountain (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Brief Encounters with Che Guevera)


“A spy novel, a love story, a slice of Cold War history – Lara Prescott’s ambitious We Were Never Here is provocative, haunting and a damn good read.”

— H.W. Brands (The First American, Regan, The General vs. The President, etc.)


“I was riveted by Lara Prescott’s new novel. I barely stirred from my chair for two days. How does one even begin to talk about this book? It’s all here—the KGB versus the CIA, the sexual office politics of Mad Men, a horrifying new look at the gulag, the tragic love affair between Boris Pasternak and his mistress, a brilliantly-drawn portrait of a time when a single book had the power to change history. I predict that We Were Never Here will be one of the most important books of 2019.”

— James Magnuson (Famous Writers I Have Known and former director of the Michener Center for 23 years)


“One of the most unique and devastating novels I have read in years, We Were Never Here is smart, funny, full of passion and life. It has all the suspense of a hardboiled spy story, all the fervor of Cold War heartbreak, all the complexity of an award-winner, all the originality of a brilliant mind. A book for our times.”

— Deb Olin Unferth (Wait Till You See Me Dance, Revolution, Minor Robberies, etc.)


“Lara Prescott’s We Were Never Here is trenchant, timely, and compulsively readable. The book thrillingly recalls the period detail of Mad Men, the complex characters of Patricia Highsmith, and the satisfying plots of John le Carre, but ultimately it’s Prescott’s distinctive voice and vision that feel most stirring and relevant. This is a first-rate novel, and it signals the arrival of a major new writer.”

— Bret Anthony Johnston (Remember Me Like This, Corpus Christi, Naming the World, and director of the Michener Center)


“Lara Prescott’s sweeping debut breathes new life into the story behind on of the world’s great works of literature, Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago. We Were Never Here harkens back to the Cold War, delving into the labor camps of Stalin’s Russia, Washington D.C. in the early days of the CIA, the lives of the author, his mistress and an international cast of characters whose lives are all touched by the magic of poetry and prose. In our world where words have arguably lost all meaning, Lara Prescott’s timeless tale of intrigue, romance and espionage, is a much needed salve, reminding us of the formidable power of great literature.”

—Aline Ohanesian (Orhan’s Inheritance)