Who Is Vera Kelly?

Rosalie Knecht (Author)
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Description

New York City, 1962. Vera Kelly is struggling to make rent and blend into the underground gay scene in Greenwich Village. Doing night shifts at a radio station, her quick wits, sharp tongue, and technical skills are noticed by a CIA recruiter. Next thing she knows she's in Buenos Aires, wiretapping a congressman and infiltrating a student activist group. When a betrayal leaves her stranded in the wake of a coup, Vera learns the Cold War makes strange bedfellows, and must take extreme measures to save herself.

Product Details

Price
$31.99
Publisher
Thorndike Press Large Print
Publish Date
July 25, 2018
Dimensions
5.6 X 1.1 X 8.6 inches | 0.97 pounds
Language
English
Type
Library Binding
EAN/UPC
9781432853938

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About the Author

Rosalie Knecht is the author of Who is Vera Kelly? and Relief Map, and the translator of César Aira's The Seamstress and the Wind. She lives in New Jersey.

Reviews

Who Is Vera Kelly? is the twisty, literary, woman-driven spy novel you've always wanted to read. Vera Kelly hopscotches from Brooklyn to Buenos Aires, fueled by gin and cigarettes, on the run from her past and equipped with a case of listening devices. But this is no ordinary adventure novel: Rosalie Knecht is a sensitive and gifted writer with a lyrical voice that imbues this dazzling novel unexpected emotional depth. --Amy Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of Girl Waits With Gun
Sardonic, intelligent, and thrillingly original, Rosalie Knecht has not only revitalized the female spy novel with her feisty, indeterminable heroine, she's also joyfully queered it. I loved this book and I loved Vera. Read this book right now!"--Courtney Maum, author of I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN HERE WITHOUT YOU
A buzzing, smoky, gin-soaked charmer.--Library Journal, ALA Hot Picks
When we first meet Vera Kelly, she's a troubled 1950s teenager who's overdosed on Equanil. Next she's in explosive 1960s Buenos Aires after being recruited by the CIA ("I could be charming if I wanted to. There were basic tricks"). Her past and present are told in alternating chapters, with all the edgy fun of classic noir but in an original voice that's fresh, brisk, and snappy. Hugely buzzing.--Library Journal, Most Anticipated Books of Spring/Summer
Throughout the novel, Vera wonders who she will be should she survive this assignment, but even in her deep uncertainty, it's quite clear that she is already the character readers have been waiting for. A riveting, satisfying novel.--Kirkus Reviews