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The SECRETS We KEPT

2019 BookExpo Editors’ Buzz selection
Indie Next Great Reads selection (September 2019)
Named one of 2019’s most anticipated books by LitHub
LibraryReads book of the month pick (September 2019)
Named one of Fall 2019’s most anticipated novels by BookPage
Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection (Fall 2019)
Named one of the top 10 writers to watch in 2019 by The Millions
Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, and Library Journal
Named one of the best LGBTQ Books “That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2019” in O, The Oprah Magazine


“Triumphant… Through lucid images and vibrant storytelling, Prescott creates an edgy postfeminist vision of the Cold War…for a smart, lively page-turner. This debut shines as spy story, publication thriller, and historical romance with a twist.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An intriguing and little-known chapter of literary history is brought to life with brio.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This propulsive Cold War spy thriller dazzles with real-life literary intrigue, illuminating the secretaries-turned-spies tasked with pulling off an unusual heist: smuggling Boris Pasternak’s censured Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, to be used as a weapon of war…The Secrets We Kept is a fascinating read, and a beautiful tribute to the power of the written word.”
Amazon Books

“Prescott writes with astonishing assurance, enthralling readers with tales of secret agents and intrigue, love, and betrayal. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal (starred review)

The Secrets We Kept is a sensational tale of spies, Soviet Russia and one extraordinary love affair…Prescott ties this world-spanning novel together with aplomb. With multiple narrators and two riveting but complicated plotlines set on opposite sides of the globe, The Secrets We Kept abounds with not only intrigue but also plenty of joy, heartbreak and, yes, humor.”
BookPage (from feature article)

“Spy stories offer high reader appeal, and Prescott's debut far surpasses the typical genre fare…Through extensive research, Prescott artfully illuminates the CIA's role in helping disseminate the Soviet-banned Doctor Zhivago.”
—Booklist (starred review)

“The Secrets We Kept is simply sensational. From the gulags of the USSR to the cherry blossom trees of Washington DC, the story grips and refuses to let go. Lara Prescott is a star in the making.”
—Kate Quinn, Author of The Huntress and The Alice Network

“How does Lara Prescott manage to do so much in one book? The Secrets We Kept  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 , Author of Bowlaway and more

“A spy novel, a love story, a slice of Cold War history – Lara Prescott’s ambitious The Secrets We Kept is provocative, haunting and a damn good read.”
—H.W. Brands, Author of The First American, Regan, The General vs. The President, and more

The Secrets We Kept is as lively and vivid a novel as even the most demanding reader could wish for: epic in scope, deliciously meaty with its 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, Author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and more

“A riveting story of secrets, forbidden passions and the dark arts of espionage. I couldn’t put it down.
—Lisa Jewell, New York Times-bestselling author of Then She Was Gone and more

“What a fantastic novel The Secrets We Kept is. Thrilling, seductive and thoroughly compelling. Lara has created something really special. And it’s made me want to (re-)read Doctor Zhivago! I absolutely LOVED it!”
—Sarah Winman, Author of When God Was A Rabbit and Tin Man

“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 The Secrets We Kept will be one of the most important books of 2019.”
—James Magnuson, Author of Famous Writers I Have Known

“One of the most unique and devastating novels I have read in years, The Secrets We Kept 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, Author of Wait Till You See Me Dance, Revolution, Minor Robberies, and more

“Lara Prescott’s The Secrets We Kept 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, Director of the Michener Center for Writers

“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. The Secrets We Kept  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, Author of Orhan’s Inheritance

“I loved this book. So vivid and engaging. A joy to read a story about spies that has lots of women in active roles.”
—Cathy Rentzenbrink, bestselling author of The Last Act of Love and more

“A fascinating story, so cleverly told, of the long chain of people who helped to bring Pasternak’s masterpiece into the world. I gulped it down.”
—Gill Hornby, author of The Hive