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Blog Tour: Who is Vera Kelly? – Rosalie Knecht*

New York City, 1962. Vera Kelly is struggling to make rent and blend into the underground gay scene in Greenwich Village. She’s working night shifts at a radio station when her quick wits, sharp tongue, and technical skills get her noticed by a recruiter for the CIA.
Next thing she knows she’s in Argentina, tasked with wiretapping a congressman and infiltrating a group of student activists in Buenos Aires. As Vera becomes more and more enmeshed with the young radicals, the fragile local government begins to split at the seams. When a betrayal leaves her stranded in the wake of a coup, Vera learns war makes for strange and unexpected bedfellows, and she’s forced to take extreme measures to save herself.
An exhilarating page turner and perceptive coming-of-age story, Who is Vera Kelly? introduces an original, wry and whip-smart female spy for the twenty-first century.
Rosalie Knecht is the author of Who Is Vera Kelly?, Vera Kelly Is Not A Mystery and Relief Map. She is also the translator of César Aira’s The Seamstress and the Wind (New Directions). She lives in New Jersey.

My thoughts:

This was a really good, enjoyable read. Vera is a young woman still dealing with her childhood and teen years, the loss of her father and the deeply estranged relationship with her mother, when, living in New York and working for a radio station, she’s recruited by the CIA and sent off to Argentina, on the brink of a coup, to spy on some potential Russian influenced politicians and agitators.

She’s out of her depth and trying to keep her cover intact (as a Canadian student at the university), but events are starting to get ahead of her and Gerry back in the US isn’t much use.

Vera is a smart person but not exactly equipped for revolution and the chaos that it brings, she is at risk of arrest and interrogation as a foreigner in a suddenly hostile country.

Moving back and forth between her time in Buenos Aires and the years leading up to her recruitment, we see how Vera became the person she is and what secrets she’s carrying.

I liked Vera a lot and was rooting for her all the way through, the plot was engaging and entertaining and the world building meant I could really picture the buildings and people described. I want to know what Vera does next!

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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