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 New York City, 1962. Vera Kelly is struggling to make rent and blend into the underground gay scene in Greenwich Villa...

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Title:Who Is Vera Kelly?
Author:Rosalie Knecht
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1947793012
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Who Is Vera Kelly? Reviews

  • Oriana
    Apr 22, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

  • Lindsay
    May 20, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

    3.5* Slow burn Cold War era espionage thriller and coming of age story. Vera is a charming narrator and I would certainly read more of her adventures. I enjoyed Knecht?s prose. If you?re expecting lady James Bond excitement, you may be disappointed. ...

    3.5* ...

    why is she in argentina im so intrigued (also WORRIED) ...

    You can read all of my full reviews at: www.booksmorethananything.com Smart, suspenseful and engaging. I very much liked Vera Kelly, but not for the reasons I thought I would. When I read the words ?spy novel? I thought I?d be reading about a very badass Bond-like babe but V...

    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 ...

    3.5 - A spy novel set in the 1960s starring a queer female protagonist? Sign me up. Who Is Vera Kelly? is told in two timelines, Vera in the 50s as she?s growing up and leaving home and Vera in the 60s when she?s working undercover for the CIA in Argentina. Overall I think the book...

    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 ...

    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 i...

    I'm pulling the ol' "there should be half-stars on Goodreads--I'm rouding up." Who Is Vera Kelly? is a solid 3.5 if only due to its snail's pace for the first half of the novel. The writing makes up for it--I loved the 1960s Argentina and Vera's 1950s queer coming-of-age in Chevy Chase...

  • Andy Weston
    Jul 12, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    Jun 24, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

    3.5* Slow burn Cold War era espionage thriller and coming of age story. Vera is a charming narrator and I would certainly read more of her adventures. I enjoyed Knecht?s prose. If you?re expecting lady James Bond excitement, you may be disappointed. ...

    3.5* ...

    why is she in argentina im so intrigued (also WORRIED) ...

    You can read all of my full reviews at: www.booksmorethananything.com Smart, suspenseful and engaging. I very much liked Vera Kelly, but not for the reasons I thought I would. When I read the words ?spy novel? I thought I?d be reading about a very badass Bond-like babe but V...

    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 ...

    3.5 - A spy novel set in the 1960s starring a queer female protagonist? Sign me up. Who Is Vera Kelly? is told in two timelines, Vera in the 50s as she?s growing up and leaving home and Vera in the 60s when she?s working undercover for the CIA in Argentina. Overall I think the book...

    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 ...

    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 i...

    I'm pulling the ol' "there should be half-stars on Goodreads--I'm rouding up." Who Is Vera Kelly? is a solid 3.5 if only due to its snail's pace for the first half of the novel. The writing makes up for it--I loved the 1960s Argentina and Vera's 1950s queer coming-of-age in Chevy Chase...

    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 tit...

    The New York Times recommends this book for summer reading. An easy read! The story is light. The writing flows, and has no literary pretension. The spy mission has no import, simply a prop for the protagonist. I know it does not matter to most people, but to me I know the spy ga...

    This book was different than my usual fare and that's why I enjoyed it so much. It starts to pick up pace about 28% in or so. Part spy thriller, part coming of age story set in the 1950 and 1960s. Great LGBT representation for a time that most lesbians were very closeted. Makes you app...

    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 a...

    Don't judge this one by its cover - or by its marketing. I was expecting something much more light-hearted and fun, but I got something sweet and serious and really quite low-key. It's good, and I enjoyed its easy readability, but I wasn't exactly blown away by it. ...

    Who is Vera Kelly, you ask? My future wife, of course! ...

    3.5 ...

    3.5 stars ...

    Vera Kelly is a spy working in Argentina doing electronic surveillance for the CIA. The novel alternates between her time as a teen in a detention center and boarding school and her time working undercover in her mid 20's. It wasn't a particularly fast moving story, but I didn't know m...

  • Jennifer
    Jul 08, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

    3.5* Slow burn Cold War era espionage thriller and coming of age story. Vera is a charming narrator and I would certainly read more of her adventures. I enjoyed Knecht?s prose. If you?re expecting lady James Bond excitement, you may be disappointed. ...

    3.5* ...

    why is she in argentina im so intrigued (also WORRIED) ...

    You can read all of my full reviews at: www.booksmorethananything.com Smart, suspenseful and engaging. I very much liked Vera Kelly, but not for the reasons I thought I would. When I read the words ?spy novel? I thought I?d be reading about a very badass Bond-like babe but V...

    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 ...

    3.5 - A spy novel set in the 1960s starring a queer female protagonist? Sign me up. Who Is Vera Kelly? is told in two timelines, Vera in the 50s as she?s growing up and leaving home and Vera in the 60s when she?s working undercover for the CIA in Argentina. Overall I think the book...

    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 ...

    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 i...

    I'm pulling the ol' "there should be half-stars on Goodreads--I'm rouding up." Who Is Vera Kelly? is a solid 3.5 if only due to its snail's pace for the first half of the novel. The writing makes up for it--I loved the 1960s Argentina and Vera's 1950s queer coming-of-age in Chevy Chase...

    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 tit...

    The New York Times recommends this book for summer reading. An easy read! The story is light. The writing flows, and has no literary pretension. The spy mission has no import, simply a prop for the protagonist. I know it does not matter to most people, but to me I know the spy ga...

    This book was different than my usual fare and that's why I enjoyed it so much. It starts to pick up pace about 28% in or so. Part spy thriller, part coming of age story set in the 1950 and 1960s. Great LGBT representation for a time that most lesbians were very closeted. Makes you app...

    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 a...

  • Bethany
    Jun 30, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

    3.5* Slow burn Cold War era espionage thriller and coming of age story. Vera is a charming narrator and I would certainly read more of her adventures. I enjoyed Knecht?s prose. If you?re expecting lady James Bond excitement, you may be disappointed. ...

    3.5* ...

    why is she in argentina im so intrigued (also WORRIED) ...

    You can read all of my full reviews at: www.booksmorethananything.com Smart, suspenseful and engaging. I very much liked Vera Kelly, but not for the reasons I thought I would. When I read the words ?spy novel? I thought I?d be reading about a very badass Bond-like babe but V...

    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 ...

    3.5 - A spy novel set in the 1960s starring a queer female protagonist? Sign me up. Who Is Vera Kelly? is told in two timelines, Vera in the 50s as she?s growing up and leaving home and Vera in the 60s when she?s working undercover for the CIA in Argentina. Overall I think the book...

    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 ...

    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 i...

    I'm pulling the ol' "there should be half-stars on Goodreads--I'm rouding up." Who Is Vera Kelly? is a solid 3.5 if only due to its snail's pace for the first half of the novel. The writing makes up for it--I loved the 1960s Argentina and Vera's 1950s queer coming-of-age in Chevy Chase...

    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 tit...

    The New York Times recommends this book for summer reading. An easy read! The story is light. The writing flows, and has no literary pretension. The spy mission has no import, simply a prop for the protagonist. I know it does not matter to most people, but to me I know the spy ga...

    This book was different than my usual fare and that's why I enjoyed it so much. It starts to pick up pace about 28% in or so. Part spy thriller, part coming of age story set in the 1950 and 1960s. Great LGBT representation for a time that most lesbians were very closeted. Makes you app...

    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 a...

    Don't judge this one by its cover - or by its marketing. I was expecting something much more light-hearted and fun, but I got something sweet and serious and really quite low-key. It's good, and I enjoyed its easy readability, but I wasn't exactly blown away by it. ...

    Who is Vera Kelly, you ask? My future wife, of course! ...

  • Linn
    Jul 10, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

    3.5* Slow burn Cold War era espionage thriller and coming of age story. Vera is a charming narrator and I would certainly read more of her adventures. I enjoyed Knecht?s prose. If you?re expecting lady James Bond excitement, you may be disappointed. ...

    3.5* ...

    why is she in argentina im so intrigued (also WORRIED) ...

    You can read all of my full reviews at: www.booksmorethananything.com Smart, suspenseful and engaging. I very much liked Vera Kelly, but not for the reasons I thought I would. When I read the words ?spy novel? I thought I?d be reading about a very badass Bond-like babe but V...

    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 ...

    3.5 - A spy novel set in the 1960s starring a queer female protagonist? Sign me up. Who Is Vera Kelly? is told in two timelines, Vera in the 50s as she?s growing up and leaving home and Vera in the 60s when she?s working undercover for the CIA in Argentina. Overall I think the book...

    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 ...

    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 i...

    I'm pulling the ol' "there should be half-stars on Goodreads--I'm rouding up." Who Is Vera Kelly? is a solid 3.5 if only due to its snail's pace for the first half of the novel. The writing makes up for it--I loved the 1960s Argentina and Vera's 1950s queer coming-of-age in Chevy Chase...

    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 tit...

    The New York Times recommends this book for summer reading. An easy read! The story is light. The writing flows, and has no literary pretension. The spy mission has no import, simply a prop for the protagonist. I know it does not matter to most people, but to me I know the spy ga...

    This book was different than my usual fare and that's why I enjoyed it so much. It starts to pick up pace about 28% in or so. Part spy thriller, part coming of age story set in the 1950 and 1960s. Great LGBT representation for a time that most lesbians were very closeted. Makes you app...

    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 a...

    Don't judge this one by its cover - or by its marketing. I was expecting something much more light-hearted and fun, but I got something sweet and serious and really quite low-key. It's good, and I enjoyed its easy readability, but I wasn't exactly blown away by it. ...

    Who is Vera Kelly, you ask? My future wife, of course! ...

    3.5 ...

    3.5 stars ...

  • Richard
    Jun 24, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

    3.5* Slow burn Cold War era espionage thriller and coming of age story. Vera is a charming narrator and I would certainly read more of her adventures. I enjoyed Knecht?s prose. If you?re expecting lady James Bond excitement, you may be disappointed. ...

    3.5* ...

    why is she in argentina im so intrigued (also WORRIED) ...

    You can read all of my full reviews at: www.booksmorethananything.com Smart, suspenseful and engaging. I very much liked Vera Kelly, but not for the reasons I thought I would. When I read the words ?spy novel? I thought I?d be reading about a very badass Bond-like babe but V...

    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 ...

    3.5 - A spy novel set in the 1960s starring a queer female protagonist? Sign me up. Who Is Vera Kelly? is told in two timelines, Vera in the 50s as she?s growing up and leaving home and Vera in the 60s when she?s working undercover for the CIA in Argentina. Overall I think the book...

    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 ...

    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 i...

    I'm pulling the ol' "there should be half-stars on Goodreads--I'm rouding up." Who Is Vera Kelly? is a solid 3.5 if only due to its snail's pace for the first half of the novel. The writing makes up for it--I loved the 1960s Argentina and Vera's 1950s queer coming-of-age in Chevy Chase...

    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 tit...

    The New York Times recommends this book for summer reading. An easy read! The story is light. The writing flows, and has no literary pretension. The spy mission has no import, simply a prop for the protagonist. I know it does not matter to most people, but to me I know the spy ga...

    This book was different than my usual fare and that's why I enjoyed it so much. It starts to pick up pace about 28% in or so. Part spy thriller, part coming of age story set in the 1950 and 1960s. Great LGBT representation for a time that most lesbians were very closeted. Makes you app...

    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 a...

    Don't judge this one by its cover - or by its marketing. I was expecting something much more light-hearted and fun, but I got something sweet and serious and really quite low-key. It's good, and I enjoyed its easy readability, but I wasn't exactly blown away by it. ...

  • Carolyn
    Mar 04, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

    3.5* Slow burn Cold War era espionage thriller and coming of age story. Vera is a charming narrator and I would certainly read more of her adventures. I enjoyed Knecht?s prose. If you?re expecting lady James Bond excitement, you may be disappointed. ...

    3.5* ...

    why is she in argentina im so intrigued (also WORRIED) ...

    You can read all of my full reviews at: www.booksmorethananything.com Smart, suspenseful and engaging. I very much liked Vera Kelly, but not for the reasons I thought I would. When I read the words ?spy novel? I thought I?d be reading about a very badass Bond-like babe but V...

  • Neville Longbottom
    Jul 02, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

    3.5* Slow burn Cold War era espionage thriller and coming of age story. Vera is a charming narrator and I would certainly read more of her adventures. I enjoyed Knecht?s prose. If you?re expecting lady James Bond excitement, you may be disappointed. ...

    3.5* ...

    why is she in argentina im so intrigued (also WORRIED) ...

    You can read all of my full reviews at: www.booksmorethananything.com Smart, suspenseful and engaging. I very much liked Vera Kelly, but not for the reasons I thought I would. When I read the words ?spy novel? I thought I?d be reading about a very badass Bond-like babe but V...

    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 ...

    3.5 - A spy novel set in the 1960s starring a queer female protagonist? Sign me up. Who Is Vera Kelly? is told in two timelines, Vera in the 50s as she?s growing up and leaving home and Vera in the 60s when she?s working undercover for the CIA in Argentina. Overall I think the book...

  • Rachel
    Oct 03, 2017

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

  • C
    Jun 26, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

    3.5* Slow burn Cold War era espionage thriller and coming of age story. Vera is a charming narrator and I would certainly read more of her adventures. I enjoyed Knecht?s prose. If you?re expecting lady James Bond excitement, you may be disappointed. ...

    3.5* ...

    why is she in argentina im so intrigued (also WORRIED) ...

    You can read all of my full reviews at: www.booksmorethananything.com Smart, suspenseful and engaging. I very much liked Vera Kelly, but not for the reasons I thought I would. When I read the words ?spy novel? I thought I?d be reading about a very badass Bond-like babe but V...

    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 ...

    3.5 - A spy novel set in the 1960s starring a queer female protagonist? Sign me up. Who Is Vera Kelly? is told in two timelines, Vera in the 50s as she?s growing up and leaving home and Vera in the 60s when she?s working undercover for the CIA in Argentina. Overall I think the book...

    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 ...

    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 i...

    I'm pulling the ol' "there should be half-stars on Goodreads--I'm rouding up." Who Is Vera Kelly? is a solid 3.5 if only due to its snail's pace for the first half of the novel. The writing makes up for it--I loved the 1960s Argentina and Vera's 1950s queer coming-of-age in Chevy Chase...

    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 tit...

    The New York Times recommends this book for summer reading. An easy read! The story is light. The writing flows, and has no literary pretension. The spy mission has no import, simply a prop for the protagonist. I know it does not matter to most people, but to me I know the spy ga...

  • Jessica
    Mar 10, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

  • BrokenTune
    Jun 21, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

    3.5* Slow burn Cold War era espionage thriller and coming of age story. Vera is a charming narrator and I would certainly read more of her adventures. I enjoyed Knecht?s prose. If you?re expecting lady James Bond excitement, you may be disappointed. ...

    3.5* ...

  • Olha
    Mar 25, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

  • Kate Olson
    Jun 13, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

  • Carol
    Jun 16, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

  • Yanira
    Dec 27, 2017

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

    3.5* Slow burn Cold War era espionage thriller and coming of age story. Vera is a charming narrator and I would certainly read more of her adventures. I enjoyed Knecht?s prose. If you?re expecting lady James Bond excitement, you may be disappointed. ...

    3.5* ...

    why is she in argentina im so intrigued (also WORRIED) ...

    You can read all of my full reviews at: www.booksmorethananything.com Smart, suspenseful and engaging. I very much liked Vera Kelly, but not for the reasons I thought I would. When I read the words ?spy novel? I thought I?d be reading about a very badass Bond-like babe but V...

    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 ...

    3.5 - A spy novel set in the 1960s starring a queer female protagonist? Sign me up. Who Is Vera Kelly? is told in two timelines, Vera in the 50s as she?s growing up and leaving home and Vera in the 60s when she?s working undercover for the CIA in Argentina. Overall I think the book...

    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 ...

    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 i...

  • Sarah
    Jun 16, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

    3.5* Slow burn Cold War era espionage thriller and coming of age story. Vera is a charming narrator and I would certainly read more of her adventures. I enjoyed Knecht?s prose. If you?re expecting lady James Bond excitement, you may be disappointed. ...

    3.5* ...

    why is she in argentina im so intrigued (also WORRIED) ...

    You can read all of my full reviews at: www.booksmorethananything.com Smart, suspenseful and engaging. I very much liked Vera Kelly, but not for the reasons I thought I would. When I read the words ?spy novel? I thought I?d be reading about a very badass Bond-like babe but V...

    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 ...

  • Shelley Gibbs
    Jul 02, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

    3.5* Slow burn Cold War era espionage thriller and coming of age story. Vera is a charming narrator and I would certainly read more of her adventures. I enjoyed Knecht?s prose. If you?re expecting lady James Bond excitement, you may be disappointed. ...

  • Navessa
    Dec 21, 2017

    ?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...

  • Janelle
    Apr 04, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

  • Trude Arnøy
    Jul 09, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

    3.5* Slow burn Cold War era espionage thriller and coming of age story. Vera is a charming narrator and I would certainly read more of her adventures. I enjoyed Knecht?s prose. If you?re expecting lady James Bond excitement, you may be disappointed. ...

    3.5* ...

    why is she in argentina im so intrigued (also WORRIED) ...

    You can read all of my full reviews at: www.booksmorethananything.com Smart, suspenseful and engaging. I very much liked Vera Kelly, but not for the reasons I thought I would. When I read the words ?spy novel? I thought I?d be reading about a very badass Bond-like babe but V...

    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 ...

    3.5 - A spy novel set in the 1960s starring a queer female protagonist? Sign me up. Who Is Vera Kelly? is told in two timelines, Vera in the 50s as she?s growing up and leaving home and Vera in the 60s when she?s working undercover for the CIA in Argentina. Overall I think the book...

    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 ...

    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 i...

    I'm pulling the ol' "there should be half-stars on Goodreads--I'm rouding up." Who Is Vera Kelly? is a solid 3.5 if only due to its snail's pace for the first half of the novel. The writing makes up for it--I loved the 1960s Argentina and Vera's 1950s queer coming-of-age in Chevy Chase...

    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 tit...

    The New York Times recommends this book for summer reading. An easy read! The story is light. The writing flows, and has no literary pretension. The spy mission has no import, simply a prop for the protagonist. I know it does not matter to most people, but to me I know the spy ga...

    This book was different than my usual fare and that's why I enjoyed it so much. It starts to pick up pace about 28% in or so. Part spy thriller, part coming of age story set in the 1950 and 1960s. Great LGBT representation for a time that most lesbians were very closeted. Makes you app...

    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 a...

    Don't judge this one by its cover - or by its marketing. I was expecting something much more light-hearted and fun, but I got something sweet and serious and really quite low-key. It's good, and I enjoyed its easy readability, but I wasn't exactly blown away by it. ...

    Who is Vera Kelly, you ask? My future wife, of course! ...

    3.5 ...

  • Jean
    Dec 15, 2017

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

    3.5* Slow burn Cold War era espionage thriller and coming of age story. Vera is a charming narrator and I would certainly read more of her adventures. I enjoyed Knecht?s prose. If you?re expecting lady James Bond excitement, you may be disappointed. ...

    3.5* ...

    why is she in argentina im so intrigued (also WORRIED) ...

    You can read all of my full reviews at: www.booksmorethananything.com Smart, suspenseful and engaging. I very much liked Vera Kelly, but not for the reasons I thought I would. When I read the words ?spy novel? I thought I?d be reading about a very badass Bond-like babe but V...

    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 ...

    3.5 - A spy novel set in the 1960s starring a queer female protagonist? Sign me up. Who Is Vera Kelly? is told in two timelines, Vera in the 50s as she?s growing up and leaving home and Vera in the 60s when she?s working undercover for the CIA in Argentina. Overall I think the book...

    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 ...

    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 i...

    I'm pulling the ol' "there should be half-stars on Goodreads--I'm rouding up." Who Is Vera Kelly? is a solid 3.5 if only due to its snail's pace for the first half of the novel. The writing makes up for it--I loved the 1960s Argentina and Vera's 1950s queer coming-of-age in Chevy Chase...

    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 tit...

  • Shelly
    Apr 03, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

  • Katie
    Apr 01, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

  • Isabella Martin
    Jun 11, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

    3.5* Slow burn Cold War era espionage thriller and coming of age story. Vera is a charming narrator and I would certainly read more of her adventures. I enjoyed Knecht?s prose. If you?re expecting lady James Bond excitement, you may be disappointed. ...

    3.5* ...

    why is she in argentina im so intrigued (also WORRIED) ...

    You can read all of my full reviews at: www.booksmorethananything.com Smart, suspenseful and engaging. I very much liked Vera Kelly, but not for the reasons I thought I would. When I read the words ?spy novel? I thought I?d be reading about a very badass Bond-like babe but V...

    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 ...

    3.5 - A spy novel set in the 1960s starring a queer female protagonist? Sign me up. Who Is Vera Kelly? is told in two timelines, Vera in the 50s as she?s growing up and leaving home and Vera in the 60s when she?s working undercover for the CIA in Argentina. Overall I think the book...

    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 ...

  • Elizabeth Willis
    Dec 21, 2017

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

  • Elizabeth
    Jul 05, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

    3.5* Slow burn Cold War era espionage thriller and coming of age story. Vera is a charming narrator and I would certainly read more of her adventures. I enjoyed Knecht?s prose. If you?re expecting lady James Bond excitement, you may be disappointed. ...

    3.5* ...

    why is she in argentina im so intrigued (also WORRIED) ...

    You can read all of my full reviews at: www.booksmorethananything.com Smart, suspenseful and engaging. I very much liked Vera Kelly, but not for the reasons I thought I would. When I read the words ?spy novel? I thought I?d be reading about a very badass Bond-like babe but V...

    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 ...

    3.5 - A spy novel set in the 1960s starring a queer female protagonist? Sign me up. Who Is Vera Kelly? is told in two timelines, Vera in the 50s as she?s growing up and leaving home and Vera in the 60s when she?s working undercover for the CIA in Argentina. Overall I think the book...

    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 ...

    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 i...

    I'm pulling the ol' "there should be half-stars on Goodreads--I'm rouding up." Who Is Vera Kelly? is a solid 3.5 if only due to its snail's pace for the first half of the novel. The writing makes up for it--I loved the 1960s Argentina and Vera's 1950s queer coming-of-age in Chevy Chase...

    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 tit...

    The New York Times recommends this book for summer reading. An easy read! The story is light. The writing flows, and has no literary pretension. The spy mission has no import, simply a prop for the protagonist. I know it does not matter to most people, but to me I know the spy ga...

    This book was different than my usual fare and that's why I enjoyed it so much. It starts to pick up pace about 28% in or so. Part spy thriller, part coming of age story set in the 1950 and 1960s. Great LGBT representation for a time that most lesbians were very closeted. Makes you app...

  • Flor M
    Jan 24, 2018

    ?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...

    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 spy novel. It?s on the slow side and there isn?t much action. I was expect...

    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 cover?!! It?s PERFECT and really showcases the story inside! I really loved the cha...

    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 ...

    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 purporte...

    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 com...

    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, w...

    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...

    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 novel, like a female James Bond book. It is that with Vera's time as a spy in Argenti...

    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 first person, with flashbacks to her school days, Knecht has created a fascinating heroi...

    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 h...

    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 mos...

    3.5* Slow burn Cold War era espionage thriller and coming of age story. Vera is a charming narrator and I would certainly read more of her adventures. I enjoyed Knecht?s prose. If you?re expecting lady James Bond excitement, you may be disappointed. ...

    3.5* ...

    why is she in argentina im so intrigued (also WORRIED) ...