Wednesday, Jul 08, 2020 7:00 PM
Atlanta History Center on Zoom
The Atlanta History Center welcomes author of the bestselling Reese Witherspoon book club selection, “The Secrets We Kept," Lara Prescott, for a virtual discussion with GBP “On Second Thought” host, Virginia Prescott.
A Cappella Books will have copies of “The Secrets We Kept” available after the event. Pre-order below. We will provide local drop-off to most in-town Atlanta neighborhoods (for purchases of $20 or more), as well as prompt shipping and curbside pick-up for customers outside of our delivery areas.
About the Book
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 magnum 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.
Lara Prescott’s debut novel “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.
About the Author
Lara Prescott is the author of “The Secrets We Kept,” an instant New York Times bestseller and a Hello Sunshine x Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick. “The Secrets We Kept” has been translated into 30 languages and will be 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. Her writing has appeared in The Southern Review, The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, and more. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, cats, and dog.