Earlier this month we had the pleasure of hosting Lara Prescott, Austin author and Michener Center gradute, with her debut novel, The Secrets We Kept. It spins a yarn of secretaries turned spies and the covert CIA operation to undermine the Soviet regime using one of the greatest love stories of all time, Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago.
In case you haven’t heard of this one, The Secrets We Kept has been all over the web, listed among the buzziest books of the season; the author’s been profiled on the New York Times; and was selected as the September read for Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine book club.
For the launch of her national book tour, Prescott joined us in-store for a conversation with another Austin-based literary luminary, Elizabeth McCracken.
The two discussed everything from the novel’s inception (Prescott’s love for David Lean’s
big screen adaption of the Pasternak classic), the research that went into building a believable 1950s-era setting (combing through semi-declassified documents in D.C. archives, reading fashion blogs, etc.), and what it felt like the moment it was revealed that The Secrets We Kept would be named a selection for the Hello Sunshine Book Club.
If you weren’t able to attend this fabulous event, now’s the perfect time to get caught up and hear more about the book everybody’s talking about. And if you were, why not re-live the fun? You can listen to it here and pick up a signed copy of The Secrets We Kept now in-store and online at BookPeople!
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