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:Fiction
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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

  • Cat
    Aug 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Really a 3.5 rating. This book is in parts historical fiction, a character study, and an espionage thriller. Vera Kelly is complex and she lives her life on the down low. The chapters alternate between her current life, 1966 Argentina, where she is a spy for the CIA in Buenos Aires and...

    This novel was a slow burn for me, but by the end I was hooked. I love books that turn genre inside out, and Vera Kelly definitely does that. Funny and sharp. ...

    The book failed to reach its full potential despite an interesting concept. I?m going to point the most annoying thing about the book first. ?The American objective in cover ops was to preserve democracy.? I honestly laughed out loud when I read it. It?s in the very beginni...

    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...

    I enjoyed this one. It's a spy book (of a sort) but it's not a thriller. The chapters alternate between Vera's teen years/coming of age (estranged from mom, discovering her sexuality, various jobs including being recruited by the CIA) to her current time (where she's on assignment to p...

    I so enjoyed reading this book! I guess if you?re looking for a typical spy thriller it may not satisfy but I loved the combination of historical fiction and some suspense. I?m also very interested in Latin America generally and Argentina specifically so the history was very intere...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? In its bare bones, this is a character exploration. Vera's past and present are at play and we get to learn how she got into this spy business at such a turbulent time in 1960s Argentina. I found the past chapters ended up being way shorter than I would've liked ...

    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...

    I have to begin this review with an ode to independent bookstores. I had never even heard of this book, and when I visited Booktowne in Manasquan, New Jersey, this paperback graced their Advanced Reader's Copy shelves, along with a neon pink Post-It that read "This one is GREAT!" And i...

  • Booktart
    Aug 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Really a 3.5 rating. This book is in parts historical fiction, a character study, and an espionage thriller. Vera Kelly is complex and she lives her life on the down low. The chapters alternate between her current life, 1966 Argentina, where she is a spy for the CIA in Buenos Aires and...

    This novel was a slow burn for me, but by the end I was hooked. I love books that turn genre inside out, and Vera Kelly definitely does that. Funny and sharp. ...

    The book failed to reach its full potential despite an interesting concept. I?m going to point the most annoying thing about the book first. ?The American objective in cover ops was to preserve democracy.? I honestly laughed out loud when I read it. It?s in the very beginni...

    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...

    I enjoyed this one. It's a spy book (of a sort) but it's not a thriller. The chapters alternate between Vera's teen years/coming of age (estranged from mom, discovering her sexuality, various jobs including being recruited by the CIA) to her current time (where she's on assignment to p...

    I so enjoyed reading this book! I guess if you?re looking for a typical spy thriller it may not satisfy but I loved the combination of historical fiction and some suspense. I?m also very interested in Latin America generally and Argentina specifically so the history was very intere...

  • 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Really a 3.5 rating. This book is in parts historical fiction, a character study, and an espionage thriller. Vera Kelly is complex and she lives her life on the down low. The chapters alternate between her current life, 1966 Argentina, where she is a spy for the CIA in Buenos Aires and...

    This novel was a slow burn for me, but by the end I was hooked. I love books that turn genre inside out, and Vera Kelly definitely does that. Funny and sharp. ...

    The book failed to reach its full potential despite an interesting concept. I?m going to point the most annoying thing about the book first. ?The American objective in cover ops was to preserve democracy.? I honestly laughed out loud when I read it. It?s in the very beginni...

    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...

  • Jackie
    Aug 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Really a 3.5 rating. This book is in parts historical fiction, a character study, and an espionage thriller. Vera Kelly is complex and she lives her life on the down low. The chapters alternate between her current life, 1966 Argentina, where she is a spy for the CIA in Buenos Aires and...

    This novel was a slow burn for me, but by the end I was hooked. I love books that turn genre inside out, and Vera Kelly definitely does that. Funny and sharp. ...

    The book failed to reach its full potential despite an interesting concept. I?m going to point the most annoying thing about the book first. ?The American objective in cover ops was to preserve democracy.? I honestly laughed out loud when I read it. It?s in the very beginni...

    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...

    I enjoyed this one. It's a spy book (of a sort) but it's not a thriller. The chapters alternate between Vera's teen years/coming of age (estranged from mom, discovering her sexuality, various jobs including being recruited by the CIA) to her current time (where she's on assignment to p...

    I so enjoyed reading this book! I guess if you?re looking for a typical spy thriller it may not satisfy but I loved the combination of historical fiction and some suspense. I?m also very interested in Latin America generally and Argentina specifically so the history was very intere...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? In its bare bones, this is a character exploration. Vera's past and present are at play and we get to learn how she got into this spy business at such a turbulent time in 1960s Argentina. I found the past chapters ended up being way shorter than I would've liked ...

    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...

    I have to begin this review with an ode to independent bookstores. I had never even heard of this book, and when I visited Booktowne in Manasquan, New Jersey, this paperback graced their Advanced Reader's Copy shelves, along with a neon pink Post-It that read "This one is GREAT!" And i...

    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. ...

    ?Who is Vera Kelly?? is a CIA spy novel with Vera as a recruited CIA operative. It?s a quick read that alternates between Vera coming-of-age in 1957 to her life as a spy in 1966 Argentina. Through the quick chapters describing Vera?s late teens and early 20?s, the reader lear...

    Spy novel set in 1960s Argentina with a cunning female protagonist. ...

    3.5* ...

    The connection between spies and queerness was not particularly revolutionary for this Cambridge Spies-loving reader, but I enjoyed the time I spent with Vera and Rosalie Knecht's beautiful prose. ...

  • Stacia
    Sep 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Really a 3.5 rating. This book is in parts historical fiction, a character study, and an espionage thriller. Vera Kelly is complex and she lives her life on the down low. The chapters alternate between her current life, 1966 Argentina, where she is a spy for the CIA in Buenos Aires and...

    This novel was a slow burn for me, but by the end I was hooked. I love books that turn genre inside out, and Vera Kelly definitely does that. Funny and sharp. ...

    The book failed to reach its full potential despite an interesting concept. I?m going to point the most annoying thing about the book first. ?The American objective in cover ops was to preserve democracy.? I honestly laughed out loud when I read it. It?s in the very beginni...

    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...

    I enjoyed this one. It's a spy book (of a sort) but it's not a thriller. The chapters alternate between Vera's teen years/coming of age (estranged from mom, discovering her sexuality, various jobs including being recruited by the CIA) to her current time (where she's on assignment to p...

  • Rosemarie Donzanti
    Nov 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Really a 3.5 rating. This book is in parts historical fiction, a character study, and an espionage thriller. Vera Kelly is complex and she lives her life on the down low. The chapters alternate between her current life, 1966 Argentina, where she is a spy for the CIA in Buenos Aires and...

  • Scarllet ✦ Underrated Lit Warrior
    Jul 17, 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Really a 3.5 rating. This book is in parts historical fiction, a character study, and an espionage thriller. Vera Kelly is complex and she lives her life on the down low. The chapters alternate between her current life, 1966 Argentina, where she is a spy for the CIA in Buenos Aires and...

    This novel was a slow burn for me, but by the end I was hooked. I love books that turn genre inside out, and Vera Kelly definitely does that. Funny and sharp. ...

    The book failed to reach its full potential despite an interesting concept. I?m going to point the most annoying thing about the book first. ?The American objective in cover ops was to preserve democracy.? I honestly laughed out loud when I read it. It?s in the very beginni...

    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...

    I enjoyed this one. It's a spy book (of a sort) but it's not a thriller. The chapters alternate between Vera's teen years/coming of age (estranged from mom, discovering her sexuality, various jobs including being recruited by the CIA) to her current time (where she's on assignment to p...

    I so enjoyed reading this book! I guess if you?re looking for a typical spy thriller it may not satisfy but I loved the combination of historical fiction and some suspense. I?m also very interested in Latin America generally and Argentina specifically so the history was very intere...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? In its bare bones, this is a character exploration. Vera's past and present are at play and we get to learn how she got into this spy business at such a turbulent time in 1960s Argentina. I found the past chapters ended up being way shorter than I would've liked ...

  • 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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 ...

  • Erin Glover
    Aug 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

  • 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Really a 3.5 rating. This book is in parts historical fiction, a character study, and an espionage thriller. Vera Kelly is complex and she lives her life on the down low. The chapters alternate between her current life, 1966 Argentina, where she is a spy for the CIA in Buenos Aires and...

    This novel was a slow burn for me, but by the end I was hooked. I love books that turn genre inside out, and Vera Kelly definitely does that. Funny and sharp. ...

    The book failed to reach its full potential despite an interesting concept. I?m going to point the most annoying thing about the book first. ?The American objective in cover ops was to preserve democracy.? I honestly laughed out loud when I read it. It?s in the very beginni...

    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...

    I enjoyed this one. It's a spy book (of a sort) but it's not a thriller. The chapters alternate between Vera's teen years/coming of age (estranged from mom, discovering her sexuality, various jobs including being recruited by the CIA) to her current time (where she's on assignment to p...

    I so enjoyed reading this book! I guess if you?re looking for a typical spy thriller it may not satisfy but I loved the combination of historical fiction and some suspense. I?m also very interested in Latin America generally and Argentina specifically so the history was very intere...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? In its bare bones, this is a character exploration. Vera's past and present are at play and we get to learn how she got into this spy business at such a turbulent time in 1960s Argentina. I found the past chapters ended up being way shorter than I would've liked ...

    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...

    I have to begin this review with an ode to independent bookstores. I had never even heard of this book, and when I visited Booktowne in Manasquan, New Jersey, this paperback graced their Advanced Reader's Copy shelves, along with a neon pink Post-It that read "This one is GREAT!" And i...

    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. ...

    ?Who is Vera Kelly?? is a CIA spy novel with Vera as a recruited CIA operative. It?s a quick read that alternates between Vera coming-of-age in 1957 to her life as a spy in 1966 Argentina. Through the quick chapters describing Vera?s late teens and early 20?s, the reader lear...

    Spy novel set in 1960s Argentina with a cunning female protagonist. ...

    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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Really a 3.5 rating. This book is in parts historical fiction, a character study, and an espionage thriller. Vera Kelly is complex and she lives her life on the down low. The chapters alternate between her current life, 1966 Argentina, where she is a spy for the CIA in Buenos Aires and...

    This novel was a slow burn for me, but by the end I was hooked. I love books that turn genre inside out, and Vera Kelly definitely does that. Funny and sharp. ...

    The book failed to reach its full potential despite an interesting concept. I?m going to point the most annoying thing about the book first. ?The American objective in cover ops was to preserve democracy.? I honestly laughed out loud when I read it. It?s in the very beginni...

    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...

    I enjoyed this one. It's a spy book (of a sort) but it's not a thriller. The chapters alternate between Vera's teen years/coming of age (estranged from mom, discovering her sexuality, various jobs including being recruited by the CIA) to her current time (where she's on assignment to p...

    I so enjoyed reading this book! I guess if you?re looking for a typical spy thriller it may not satisfy but I loved the combination of historical fiction and some suspense. I?m also very interested in Latin America generally and Argentina specifically so the history was very intere...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? In its bare bones, this is a character exploration. Vera's past and present are at play and we get to learn how she got into this spy business at such a turbulent time in 1960s Argentina. I found the past chapters ended up being way shorter than I would've liked ...

    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...

  • Barbara
    Jul 23, 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Really a 3.5 rating. This book is in parts historical fiction, a character study, and an espionage thriller. Vera Kelly is complex and she lives her life on the down low. The chapters alternate between her current life, 1966 Argentina, where she is a spy for the CIA in Buenos Aires and...

    This novel was a slow burn for me, but by the end I was hooked. I love books that turn genre inside out, and Vera Kelly definitely does that. Funny and sharp. ...

    The book failed to reach its full potential despite an interesting concept. I?m going to point the most annoying thing about the book first. ?The American objective in cover ops was to preserve democracy.? I honestly laughed out loud when I read it. It?s in the very beginni...

    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...

    I enjoyed this one. It's a spy book (of a sort) but it's not a thriller. The chapters alternate between Vera's teen years/coming of age (estranged from mom, discovering her sexuality, various jobs including being recruited by the CIA) to her current time (where she's on assignment to p...

    I so enjoyed reading this book! I guess if you?re looking for a typical spy thriller it may not satisfy but I loved the combination of historical fiction and some suspense. I?m also very interested in Latin America generally and Argentina specifically so the history was very intere...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? In its bare bones, this is a character exploration. Vera's past and present are at play and we get to learn how she got into this spy business at such a turbulent time in 1960s Argentina. I found the past chapters ended up being way shorter than I would've liked ...

    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...

    I have to begin this review with an ode to independent bookstores. I had never even heard of this book, and when I visited Booktowne in Manasquan, New Jersey, this paperback graced their Advanced Reader's Copy shelves, along with a neon pink Post-It that read "This one is GREAT!" And i...

    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. ...

    ?Who is Vera Kelly?? is a CIA spy novel with Vera as a recruited CIA operative. It?s a quick read that alternates between Vera coming-of-age in 1957 to her life as a spy in 1966 Argentina. Through the quick chapters describing Vera?s late teens and early 20?s, the reader lear...

  • Lata
    Jul 17, 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

  • 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Really a 3.5 rating. This book is in parts historical fiction, a character study, and an espionage thriller. Vera Kelly is complex and she lives her life on the down low. The chapters alternate between her current life, 1966 Argentina, where she is a spy for the CIA in Buenos Aires and...

    This novel was a slow burn for me, but by the end I was hooked. I love books that turn genre inside out, and Vera Kelly definitely does that. Funny and sharp. ...

    The book failed to reach its full potential despite an interesting concept. I?m going to point the most annoying thing about the book first. ?The American objective in cover ops was to preserve democracy.? I honestly laughed out loud when I read it. It?s in the very beginni...

    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...

    I enjoyed this one. It's a spy book (of a sort) but it's not a thriller. The chapters alternate between Vera's teen years/coming of age (estranged from mom, discovering her sexuality, various jobs including being recruited by the CIA) to her current time (where she's on assignment to p...

    I so enjoyed reading this book! I guess if you?re looking for a typical spy thriller it may not satisfy but I loved the combination of historical fiction and some suspense. I?m also very interested in Latin America generally and Argentina specifically so the history was very intere...

    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...

  • 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Really a 3.5 rating. This book is in parts historical fiction, a character study, and an espionage thriller. Vera Kelly is complex and she lives her life on the down low. The chapters alternate between her current life, 1966 Argentina, where she is a spy for the CIA in Buenos Aires and...

    This novel was a slow burn for me, but by the end I was hooked. I love books that turn genre inside out, and Vera Kelly definitely does that. Funny and sharp. ...

    The book failed to reach its full potential despite an interesting concept. I?m going to point the most annoying thing about the book first. ?The American objective in cover ops was to preserve democracy.? I honestly laughed out loud when I read it. It?s in the very beginni...

    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...

    I enjoyed this one. It's a spy book (of a sort) but it's not a thriller. The chapters alternate between Vera's teen years/coming of age (estranged from mom, discovering her sexuality, various jobs including being recruited by the CIA) to her current time (where she's on assignment to p...

    I so enjoyed reading this book! I guess if you?re looking for a typical spy thriller it may not satisfy but I loved the combination of historical fiction and some suspense. I?m also very interested in Latin America generally and Argentina specifically so the history was very intere...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? In its bare bones, this is a character exploration. Vera's past and present are at play and we get to learn how she got into this spy business at such a turbulent time in 1960s Argentina. I found the past chapters ended up being way shorter than I would've liked ...

    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...

    I have to begin this review with an ode to independent bookstores. I had never even heard of this book, and when I visited Booktowne in Manasquan, New Jersey, this paperback graced their Advanced Reader's Copy shelves, along with a neon pink Post-It that read "This one is GREAT!" And i...

    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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

  • Ace
    Aug 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

  • Scott S.
    Aug 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

  • 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Really a 3.5 rating. This book is in parts historical fiction, a character study, and an espionage thriller. Vera Kelly is complex and she lives her life on the down low. The chapters alternate between her current life, 1966 Argentina, where she is a spy for the CIA in Buenos Aires and...

    This novel was a slow burn for me, but by the end I was hooked. I love books that turn genre inside out, and Vera Kelly definitely does that. Funny and sharp. ...

    The book failed to reach its full potential despite an interesting concept. I?m going to point the most annoying thing about the book first. ?The American objective in cover ops was to preserve democracy.? I honestly laughed out loud when I read it. It?s in the very beginni...

    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...

  • Jamie
    Jul 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Really a 3.5 rating. This book is in parts historical fiction, a character study, and an espionage thriller. Vera Kelly is complex and she lives her life on the down low. The chapters alternate between her current life, 1966 Argentina, where she is a spy for the CIA in Buenos Aires and...

    This novel was a slow burn for me, but by the end I was hooked. I love books that turn genre inside out, and Vera Kelly definitely does that. Funny and sharp. ...

    The book failed to reach its full potential despite an interesting concept. I?m going to point the most annoying thing about the book first. ?The American objective in cover ops was to preserve democracy.? I honestly laughed out loud when I read it. It?s in the very beginni...

    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...

    I enjoyed this one. It's a spy book (of a sort) but it's not a thriller. The chapters alternate between Vera's teen years/coming of age (estranged from mom, discovering her sexuality, various jobs including being recruited by the CIA) to her current time (where she's on assignment to p...

    I so enjoyed reading this book! I guess if you?re looking for a typical spy thriller it may not satisfy but I loved the combination of historical fiction and some suspense. I?m also very interested in Latin America generally and Argentina specifically so the history was very intere...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? In its bare bones, this is a character exploration. Vera's past and present are at play and we get to learn how she got into this spy business at such a turbulent time in 1960s Argentina. I found the past chapters ended up being way shorter than I would've liked ...

    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...

    I have to begin this review with an ode to independent bookstores. I had never even heard of this book, and when I visited Booktowne in Manasquan, New Jersey, this paperback graced their Advanced Reader's Copy shelves, along with a neon pink Post-It that read "This one is GREAT!" And i...

    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. ...

    ?Who is Vera Kelly?? is a CIA spy novel with Vera as a recruited CIA operative. It?s a quick read that alternates between Vera coming-of-age in 1957 to her life as a spy in 1966 Argentina. Through the quick chapters describing Vera?s late teens and early 20?s, the reader lear...

    Spy novel set in 1960s Argentina with a cunning female protagonist. ...

  • 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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...

  • Aleksandra
    Jul 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Really a 3.5 rating. This book is in parts historical fiction, a character study, and an espionage thriller. Vera Kelly is complex and she lives her life on the down low. The chapters alternate between her current life, 1966 Argentina, where she is a spy for the CIA in Buenos Aires and...

    This novel was a slow burn for me, but by the end I was hooked. I love books that turn genre inside out, and Vera Kelly definitely does that. Funny and sharp. ...

    The book failed to reach its full potential despite an interesting concept. I?m going to point the most annoying thing about the book first. ?The American objective in cover ops was to preserve democracy.? I honestly laughed out loud when I read it. It?s in the very beginni...

  • 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

  • Kathleen
    Oct 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

  • 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Really a 3.5 rating. This book is in parts historical fiction, a character study, and an espionage thriller. Vera Kelly is complex and she lives her life on the down low. The chapters alternate between her current life, 1966 Argentina, where she is a spy for the CIA in Buenos Aires and...

    This novel was a slow burn for me, but by the end I was hooked. I love books that turn genre inside out, and Vera Kelly definitely does that. Funny and sharp. ...

    The book failed to reach its full potential despite an interesting concept. I?m going to point the most annoying thing about the book first. ?The American objective in cover ops was to preserve democracy.? I honestly laughed out loud when I read it. It?s in the very beginni...

    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...

    I enjoyed this one. It's a spy book (of a sort) but it's not a thriller. The chapters alternate between Vera's teen years/coming of age (estranged from mom, discovering her sexuality, various jobs including being recruited by the CIA) to her current time (where she's on assignment to p...

    I so enjoyed reading this book! I guess if you?re looking for a typical spy thriller it may not satisfy but I loved the combination of historical fiction and some suspense. I?m also very interested in Latin America generally and Argentina specifically so the history was very intere...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? In its bare bones, this is a character exploration. Vera's past and present are at play and we get to learn how she got into this spy business at such a turbulent time in 1960s Argentina. I found the past chapters ended up being way shorter than I would've liked ...

    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...

    I have to begin this review with an ode to independent bookstores. I had never even heard of this book, and when I visited Booktowne in Manasquan, New Jersey, this paperback graced their Advanced Reader's Copy shelves, along with a neon pink Post-It that read "This one is GREAT!" And i...

    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. ...

    ?Who is Vera Kelly?? is a CIA spy novel with Vera as a recruited CIA operative. It?s a quick read that alternates between Vera coming-of-age in 1957 to her life as a spy in 1966 Argentina. Through the quick chapters describing Vera?s late teens and early 20?s, the reader lear...

    Spy novel set in 1960s Argentina with a cunning female protagonist. ...

    3.5* ...

    The connection between spies and queerness was not particularly revolutionary for this Cambridge Spies-loving reader, but I enjoyed the time I spent with Vera and Rosalie Knecht's beautiful prose. ...

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

  • Matthew
    Aug 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...

    The swirling politics of Argentina in 1966 attracted the CIA, the KGB, and various Argentinian revolutionaries. In June 1966, a coup headed by General Juan Carlos Ongania was successful and resulted in him becoming the de facto president. He was opposed to both liberal democracy and to...

    Not a James Bondian spy story at all, thank goodness. Vera Kelly is in Argentina in 1966 to conduct surveillance. With her cover as a Canadian student, she encounters other students at night, and by day listens to recordings, passing on translated transcriptions and other bits of infor...

    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...

    Who is Vera Kelly? is an interesting and original little historical espionage novel, with its chapters alternating between the main character's presence during the lead-up to the Argentine Revolution in mid-1966 AND her problematic teen years in conventional suburban Maryland of the la...

    At first this was a confusing mash of back and forward of Vera's younger years and her current presence in Argentina, as Anna, and by about half way through I wasn't sure I was keeping up with the politics in government and within the student community. It was losing me, but then the J...

    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...

    It?s a fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting. But I closed the book and said out loud, ?Nah, never happen.? All the elements are there. It should be a really good book. It just isn?t. It?s 1966. Vera is quirky and shy. Kind of the tech nerd type. She?s in ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Really a 3.5 rating. This book is in parts historical fiction, a character study, and an espionage thriller. Vera Kelly is complex and she lives her life on the down low. The chapters alternate between her current life, 1966 Argentina, where she is a spy for the CIA in Buenos Aires and...

    This novel was a slow burn for me, but by the end I was hooked. I love books that turn genre inside out, and Vera Kelly definitely does that. Funny and sharp. ...