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
Who is Vera Kelly, you ask? My future wife, of course!
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
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
Who is Vera Kelly? is a fast, easy read. Rosalie Knecht’s writing is clear and sharp and I raced through the book in less than a day. Using chapters that alternate between Vera’s past and present, Knecht weaves a coming of age story into a political thriller. There is a lot to love about this novel, but I also found myself feeling disconnected at times. For me, Who is Vera Kelly? is a solid three stars. If you like plot driven novels, especially about spies, or historical fiction, this might be ...more
This is not your mother’s spy novel (no offense, moms). Rosalie Knecht is the knockout champion of suspenseful stories, and she really packs a page-turning punch with WHO IS VERA KELLY? Her literary footwork is impressive, deftly weaving political intrigue and heartfelt drama into a one-two knockout that will leave you dazzled.
Who is Vera Kelly? She is a CIA spy whose latest assignment is to monitor the growing political unrest in Argentina and to sniff out any KGB activity. She finds herself e ...more
This engrossing novel of intrigue and identity. What Vera Kelly is not is your typical school girl, and she’s definitely not your typical spy.
Vera has found a sense of accomplishment in her work with the CIA. The satisfaction of a job well done in service to her country is what helps make the rest of her lonely existence worth getting up for every morning. I say lonely because Vera is a closeted lesbian and in the 1960s it wasn’t impossible to find female companionship in New York City, but doin ...more
i mostly enjoyed this novel... though i did it a bit of a disservice reading it in my current state. my concentration and focus have not been great and i found the non-linear timeline–which i am usually totally fine with–a bit clunky for my brain. but that is my fault, not at all anything to do with the author or story!! knecht is a good writer and this was a compellingly different approach to the noir genre.
I am a big fan of Knecht's previous book, Relief Map, which is similar to this book in that they both have some thrilling plot elements, but also pay great attention to character development.
This book moves back and forth in time in Vera Kelly's life, alternating between the past and present narratives with each chapter. At first I was concerned that it would be one of those books where one of the narrative timelines is much more interesting/engaging than the other, which leads to the sense of ...more