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
It does not happen often when I like book more than I expected, but that’s exactly the case with ‘Who is Vera Kelly?’ by Rosalie Knecht. It is a spy novel, so I anticipated some easy-reading, adventures, pretentious phrases and deathless main character, who stays alive in the most ridiculous situations. How happy I am, that my expectations were wrong. ‘Who is Vera Kelly’ is a smart, realistic, slow-reading novel with childhood problems and a historic background.
‘Who is Vera Kelly?’ mostly set in ...more
Who is Vera Kelly, you ask? My future wife, of course!
Thanks to Tin House for this free review copy!
I can honestly say that I didn't know just how much I needed to read a spy novel about a female CIA agent in 1960s Buenos Aires.......and then I read this book and realized I was obviously aching for this in my life. I stayed up way, way, way past my bedtime inhaling Vera's adventures that alternate between the years leading up to her CIA career and her mission in Buenos Aires ~ both of these storylines were fascinating to me, and I deeply appreciat ...more
I’m not sure a book could be more appealing in its buzzwords: Cold War lesbian spy novel.
Vera Kelly is a CIA tech undercover in Argentina trying to simultaneously gather information on the political leadership in the country, which is being threatened by a coup, and infiltrate a group of university students who the CIA believes are recruiting for the KGB. She poses as a Canadian student studying psychology and living off her parents’ money, all while running around planting bugs, gathering intel ...more
why is she in argentina im so intrigued (also WORRIED)
Rosalie Knecht’s Who Is Vera Kelly? is a spy novel for readers who avoid spy novels. It’s a page turner that stunningly evokes both 1960s Argentina, and the trauma of growing up queer in 1950s and 60s America. Vera Kelly is a CIA agent monitoring student activists (who are purportedly affiliated with the KGB) in a politically tumultuous Buenos Aires. Vera, operating incognito both professionally and romantically, spirals down the rabbit hole as she becomes ever more involved in these fiery stude ...more
“Call the State Department. I’m CIA.”
Ooooh, this was good. Part spy thriller, part character study, and part historical fiction.
This book is told through a delicate interweaving of past and present. The past chapters chronicle the Vera’s youth, her troubled relationship with her mother, her brief stint in juvie, her sexual awakening, and the work that eventually leads to her recruitment by the CIA. The present chapters take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, circa 1966, in the months prior to t ...more