New York City, 1962. Vera Kelly is struggling to make rent and blend into the underground gay scene in Greenwich Village. She's working night shifts at a radio station when her quick wits, sharp tongue, and technical skills get her noticed by a recruiter for the CIA. Next thing she knows she's in Argentina, tasked with wiretapping a congressman and infiltrating a group of student activists in Buenos Aires. As Vera becomes more and more enmeshed with the young radicals, the fragile local government begins to split at the seams. When a betrayal leaves her stranded in the wake of a coup, Vera learns war makes for strange and unexpected bedfellows, and she's forced to take extreme measures to save herself.An exhilarating page turner and perceptive coming-of-age story, WHO IS VERA KELLY? introduces an original, wry and whip-smart female spy for the twenty-first century....
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Who Is Vera Kelly? Reviews
Thanks to Tin House for sending me this book as part of the Galley Club (where you get a free book in exchange for an honest review and feedback).
When I first heard of this book, I expected a spy novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argentina. But I think the title tells you more of what the story really is. It's about the general person of Vera Kelly and what made her who she ends up being (the spy experience is part of that). The book alternates betwee ...more
Thank you so much to Tin House for providing my free copy of WHO IS VERA KELLY? by Rosalie Knecht - all opinions are my own.
I really enjoyed this book! And can we just take a moment to admire this cover?!! It’s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the character Vera. So much so, I would love to see this as a series. It’s not a typical spy novel but rather more of a short piece of literary fiction about a spy. The book is short with chapters that alternate between past an ...more
Who is Vera Kelly is a beautiful, complicated novel that feels both cinematic and deeply profound. I loved every minute of the journey with Vera. Knecht is an auto-read author for me. I loved her first novel, Relief Map and didn’t think anything can top it---but this Vera Kelly did it for me.
This is a coming-of-age story of Vera who is struggling to make rent when she gets approached by the CIA. Before she knows it, she is on a trip to Argentina tasked with wiretapping a congressman and infiltr ...more
This book is an absolute gem. I first heard about it from an odd source (for me) — Elle magazine, which enticed readers to "view the Cold War from another angle in this spy novel about a young American woman embedded in a group of Buenos Aires activists in the 1960s."
Then I completely forgot about it for several months. Then on a random trip to the Strand it leapt out at me from the shelves, so.
Anyway! It's indeed about an American twenty-something who's a spy in Buenos Aires during the Cold ...more
I received this book for free from the publisher (Tin House Books) in exchange for an honest review.
I give this book 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4.
This book is a slow burn. It’s not your typical spy novel. It’s on the slow side and there isn’t much action. I was expecting some twists and turns to the story, but that wasn’t what I got. It was a pretty straightforward plot. As a spy novel, it was a bit lackluster. I also felt that the spy parts could have been developed more because all the eve ...more
Who is Vera Kelly, you ask? My future wife, of course!
I'm pulling the ol' "there should be half-stars on Goodreads--I'm rouding up." Who Is Vera Kelly? is a solid 3.5 if only due to its snail's pace for the first half of the novel. The writing makes up for it--I loved the 1960s Argentina and Vera's 1950s queer coming-of-age in Chevy Chase and NYC. I wasn't always terribly sure who was doing what and why, and the characterization of the other characters seemed a little sparse, but it all kind of worked out anyway in the spy novel aspect (not that I' ...more