A new writer to follow. I looked forward to every reading moment with this book. Two gripping narratives unfold – Boris Pasternak’s (Dr. Zhivago) mistress (Olga in life, the inspiration for Lara, the literary heroine for the ages) suffers years in the Gulag rather than betray her married lover. Second story: 1950’s in D.C and the story of two intrepid women CIA spies (masquerading as typing pool secretaries) who risk their lives to smuggle this manuscript out of Russia believing that one book could change the course of history.
“Through lucid images and vibrant storytelling, Prescott creates an edgy postfeminist vision of the Cold War, encompassing Sputnik to glasnost, typing pool to gulag, for a smart, lively page-turner. This debut shines as spy story, publication thriller, and historical romance with a twist.”—Publishers Weekly (starredreview)
“A whirlwind of storytelling. In Prescott’s supremely talented hands, the result is no less than endlessly fascinating, often deliciously fun as well as heartbreaking.
The Secrets We Kept is a dazzling, beguiling debut.”—BookPage (starred review)
“Delightful… An intriguing and little-known chapter of literary history is brought to life with brio.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)