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Who Is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht

Who Is Vera Kelly? (2018)

by Rosalie Knecht

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What a treat this book was, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Vera Kelly is a great character, I liked her immensely! ( )
  RiversideReader | Sep 30, 2018 |
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. ( )
  Booktrovert | Jul 8, 2018 |
Here’s a wonderful new spy, one who makes her presence known in the mid-60’s Buenos Aires during the season of coups. She’s CIA, and her role becomes much more challenging than she expects, including a hair-raising escape. I hope to see Vera leave her retirement and come back for more intrigue. ( )
  brangwinn | Jul 7, 2018 |
This is the gay lady spy novel of my dreams. ( )
  ablachly | Jul 5, 2018 |
I received this book for free from the publisher (Tin House Books) in exchange for an honest review.

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 events seemed to move at lightning speed. I would have loved to seen more of Vera’s day to day life as a spy and more of her interactions with her fellow students.

As a work of literary fiction, this book was more successful. I actually enjoyed the flashbacks to her youth a lot more than the spy parts. I liked unraveling who Vera was and how she got to be the person she is. I particularly liked the parts about her sexuality because it shed light on how different things were for the LGBT community back in the 50’s and 60’s.

Overall, I was a bit underwhelmed by the spy aspect, but was satisfied with Vera’s character development. ( )
  jessicadelellis | Mar 10, 2018 |
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"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 the Cold 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? is a novel that introduces an original, wry and whip-smart female spy for the twenty-first century"--… (more)

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