Posted on 06/08/2018 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Alfred A. Knopf has emerged triumphant from a bidding war over Lara Prescott’s debut novel, Publishers Weekly reports.

(Though with a seven-figure advance headed to Prescott, perhaps we should call her the real winner.)

The novel, We Were Never Here, is set in 1957 and based on the events surrounding the publication of Boris Pasternak's classic, Dr. Zhivago. 

It will be released in spring 2020 in more than a dozen countries. Knopf won the North American rights, while other publishers grabbed global ones.

Prescott’s writing has previously appeared in The Southern Review, The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, among other publications.

Likely contributing to the buzz around her first novel are her 2017 accolades: a finalist nod for the Keene Prize for Fiction and honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize.