About the Book

Cover of The Secrets We Kept

The Secrets We Kept follows the parallel stories of three women – two CIA typists-turned-spies and a literary muse in Soviet Russia. Lara Prescott's debut novel traces the real-life tale of the Cold War-era CIA operation that led to not only the publication of Doctor Zhivago, but also its proliferation around the world. This mission was grounded in the belief that art has the power to shape culture and politics, a theme that resonates today.

A gorgeous and romantic feast of a novel anchored by a cast of indelible secretaries.” –The New York Times 

“Proto-feminist Mad Men transposed to the world of international espionage—all midcentury style and intrigue set against real, indelible history.” –Entertainment Weekly 

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