Who Is Vera Kelly?

Who Is Vera Kelly?

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.

Title:Who Is Vera Kelly?
ISBN:9781947793019
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About Rosalie Knecht

Rosalie Knecht is the author of Who is Vera Kelly? (Tin House, June 2018) and Relief Map. She grew up in Pennsylvania, attended Oberlin College and Hunter College, and works in mental health in New York City. She is also the translator of César Aira's The Seamstress and the Wind.


    Who Is Vera Kelly? Reviews

  • Navessa

    “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 pr...

  • Jessica

    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 ...

  • Janelle

    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 cov...

  • Rachel

    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...

  • Elizabeth Willis

    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...

  • Oriana

    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 Ame...

  • Kate Olson

    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 thi...

  • Katie

    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,...

  • Shelly

    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 nov...

  • Andy Weston

    Centred around the Argentinian Revolution of June 1966 that led to Ongania’s junta taking power this is a cleverly written literary spy novel with a strong female character as lead. Told in the firs...