TSWK+CoverReese Witherspoon has chosen THE SECRETS WE KEPT as her September Book Club selection, and guess what? We have a signed copy to giveaway.

Lara Prescott’s debut novel, THE SECRETS WE KEPT (Knopf) is a thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice–inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago.

At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help Pasternak’s mhhagnum opus make its way into print around the world. Glamorous and sophisticated Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit all over the world–using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. Irina is a complete 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–the decades-long affair between Pasternak and his mistress and muse, Olga Ivinskaya, who was sent to the Gulag and inspired Zhivago’s heroine, Lara–with a narrative about two women empowered to lead lives of extraordinary intrigue and risk. From Pasternak’s country estate outside Moscow to the brutalities of the Gulag, from Washington, D.C. to Paris and Milan, The Secrets We Kept captures a watershed moment in the history of literature–told with soaring emotional intensity and captivating historical detail. And at the center of this unforgettable debut is the powerful belief that a piece of art can change the world.



Lara Prescott’s debut novel, The Secrets We Kept, is being published this month 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.

Lara received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. She studied political science at American University in Washington, D.C. and international development in Namibia and South Africa. Prior to writing fiction, Lara worked as a political campaign consultant.

Lara’s writing has appeared in The Southern Review, The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, and more. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and cats.

Thanks to Knopf we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us a secret. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

We look forward to seeing Lara at the Miami Book Fair in November.

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67 thoughts on “THE SECRETS WE KEPT by Lara Prescott – SPOTLIGHT & SIGNED Giveaway

  1. A secret of mine is that even though I have a degree in Technical Education and could teach, I never Have because I am very uncomfortable speaking in front of large groups.

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  2. My husband doesn’t know it, but he is getting a chihuahua puppy for Christmas. He misses his buddy Ollie, who passed away in 2017, so much that I want to make his heart happy again.

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  3. I don’t think I have secrets, but I am good at keeping secrets if someone tells me something and asks me to not tell. I do hold onto the pain if someone hurts me and no one knows they did it to me. Maybe that’s my secret.

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  4. I found over time holding a secret inside just makes life hard. So after doing that in the past I found it easier to keep things open.

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  5. A secret I have that pertains to this book is that when the movie Doctor Zhivago came out, my parents went to see the movie, I think it had been out for a few years by the time they saw it in the late 1960s. Anyway, they kept talking about how good the movie was supposed to be and I asked if I could see it. They told me “No, it’s over your head.”
    For years, I thought they meant that the movie screen was over my head (and that I must have been too small to see it.) Later on, I realized they meant the plot was too adult for me! 🙂

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  6. I’ve wanted to read this since I first heard about it several months ago! A secret, huh? Nothing very exciting…I don’t know how to swim. Does that count as a secret?

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  7. My secret is that I would love to spend all my time reading. To leave all my responsibilities to other and just enjoy great books. Thanks.

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  8. My secret is that I would love to quit work to spend more time with my mother. Unfortunately it’s something I’m unable to do right now!

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  9. Let’s see… I secretly love my youngest sons attitude even if it comes out mouthy and disrespectful because I know this will serve him well later in life outside the home.

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  10. I’m secretly so afraid of failure that I don’t even voice most of my goals and dreams, because I don’t want anyone to know if I fail to meet them.

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