Posted on October 1, 2019 at 2:13 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Lara Prescott’s debut novel, The Secrets We Kept, was at the center of a bidding war among publishing companies.

Now it might find itself at the center of a different battle: a plagiarism dispute.

Anna Pasternak, the great-niece of writer Boris Pasternak — whose publication of Doctor Zhivago provides the setting of Prescott’s book — is arguing that “an astonishing number of substantial elements” from it are copied from her own book.

Anna Pasternak published Lara, a biography of her great-uncle’s muse, in 2016, though Penguin Random House — Prescott’s publisher — pointed out that she’s far from the first to do so as part of its refutation of her claims.

You can read more about the dispute in the Guardian.

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