Who Is Vera Kelly?

Who Is Vera Kelly New York City 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

  • Title: Who Is Vera Kelly?
  • Author: Rosalie Knecht
  • ISBN: 9781947793019
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ofNew 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 and 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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    1. “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 prio [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 s [...]

    4. 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 infil [...]

    5. I tore through this book, going on a wild ride with Vera Kelly. Many, many thanks to Tin House for the ARC of this delightful novel. Alternating between Vera’s strange childhood and her presence as a spy in Latin America, this story gradually reveals the question in the novel’s title. Truthfully, the lonely Vera may have little idea who she is either or at least she hasn’t synthesized how she ended up in Argentina and why. Anyone who picks up this book will be in for a treat and as mention [...]

    6. If you have read any previous entries for this blog or followed my profile on , you will know I am a big fan of the publishing house Tin House. I enjoy what they publish because often I find myself thinking about the titles long after I have read them. The books tend to get better as they age in my brain.This would definitely be one of those books. I will admit while reading this through the first time, I was not a big fan which was surprising. I loved Relief Map by Rosalie Knecht, but something [...]

    7. Vera Kelly is much better at pretending to be someone else than at being herself. This, along with her fluency in languages and skill with electronics gets her recruited by the CIA in 1962. the first jobs are easy and very well paid. Argentina is different in every way. After months of boredom and frustration a betrayal and a political coup leave Vera with nothing but her wits and nerve to save herself. I loved it!

    8. Spy novels are't my usual go to kind of stories. But now that I'm finished with this one I hope that Vera Kelly comes back! I couldn't put this book down. I was completely immersed in her story, and the appreciated the greater cautionary tale. Excelente!

    9. I really, really like the Argentina parts. All of the exposition from the 1957-59 years could have been just folded in. I would actually like to see a series.

    10. Told dually throughout Vera's young life in Maryland and then NYC in the 50s, and her life as a CIA agent in Buenos Aires in the 60s, Who Is Vera Kelly? asks important questions about identity, risk, and secrecy.Vera Kelly is a school girl, a juvenile delinquent (according to the police, a correctional institute, and her mother who put her there), a techie, a broke New Yorker, an often closeted lesbian, and, suddenly, a CIA agent. Sometimes, Vera is also Anne, a doctor's daughter studying abroad [...]

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