Who Is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht

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Knecht flips the terms artfully, showing us a heroine who discovers her true tough self by going undercover. By the end of Who is Vera Kelly? the reader is rooting for Vera to claim her much deserved personal freedom as much as succeed as a spy.
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"Gripping, subtle, magnificently written." —The New York Times Book Review



"A delectable page-turner . . . Vera Kelly introduces a fascinating new spy to literature’s mystery canon—one we hope sticks around long beyond this snappy, intimate debut." —Entertainment Weekly


New York City, 1962. Vera Kelly is struggling to make rent and blend into the underground gay scene in Greenwich Village. She's working night shifts at a radio station when her quick wits, sharp tongue, and technical skills get her noticed by a recruiter for the CIA.



Next thing she knows she's in Argentina, tasked with wiretapping a congressman and infiltrating a group of student activists in Buenos Aires. As Vera becomes more and more enmeshed with the young radicals, the fragile local government begins to split at the seams. When a betrayal leaves her stranded in the wake of a coup, Vera learns the Cold War makes for strange and unexpected bedfellows, and she's forced to take extreme measures to save herself.



An exhilarating page-turner and perceptive coming-of-age story, Who Is Vera Kelly? introduces an original, wry, and whip-smart female spy for the twenty-first century.

 

About Rosalie Knecht

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Rosalie Knecht is a social worker and translator in New York City. She was born and raised in Pennsylvania and is the translator of Cesar Aira's The Seamstress and the Wind. Relief Map is her first novel.
 
Published June 12, 2018 by Tin House Books. 272 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jean Zimmerman on Jun 12 2018

Knecht flips the terms artfully, showing us a heroine who discovers her true tough self by going undercover. By the end of Who is Vera Kelly? the reader is rooting for Vera to claim her much deserved personal freedom as much as succeed as a spy.

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