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'Vera Kelly' Finds The Connections Between Deep Cover And The Closet

The personal is most definitely political in Rosalie Knecht's crisp, lively and subversive novel about a queer woman who discovers her early life in the closet makes her well-suited for espionage.
"Who is Vera Kelly" by Rosalie Knecht Source: Tin House Books

The personal is most definitely political in Rosalie Knecht's crisp, lively and subversive second novel, The author has sly, intelligent fun with the idea that the mindset necessary to live as a closeted queer woman transfers seamlessly to high-stakes espionage work; a spy and a not-yet-out lesbian are both undercover, in a sense — both are accustomed to subverting identity, using coded

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