WORLDWIDE ACCLAIM for What We Become:
"Mr. Pérez-Reverte is an accomplished storyteller, and anyone nostalgic for the lost, elegant days when people dressed for dinner and a tuxedo was obligatory in casinos will find much to delight them here...This thoroughly enjoyable novel cries out to be made into a movie."
– The Wall Street Journal
"[a] riveting and intricately layered historical novel."
– O Magazine
“Sparkling with witty dialogue, this elegantly translated thriller is enthusiastically recommended to sophisticated readers and those who wish to be.”
– Library Journal, Starred Review
“Perez-Reverte summons the romantic spirit of an old black-and-white movie: impossibly glamorous, undeniably wistful.”
– Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
"Pérez-Reverte, who has written of women and adventure before, along with crime and betrayal,combines them all here in a hypnotic rhapsody of a novel that drinks freely from many genres: historical epic, Hitchcockian thriller, and, above all, grand love story, both heartbreaking and deliciously sexy. Pérez-Reverte masterfully,excruciatingly, jumps back and forth between the three encounters, playing the reader’s emotions masterfully and creating as much tension through the love story as through the derring-do and the betrayals that stain both. An intoxicating entertainment, pulsing with life but, at the same time, with a kind of damp, hidden lament for all that was and is no more.”
– Booklist, starred review
Part of Oprah's "6 Love Stories You Won't Be Able to Put Down" list:
"This riveting, intricately layered historical novel follows two paramours: Mesha is the beautiful wife of a famous composer, and Max is a charming con artist and spy. Their illicit affair begins aboard a luxury liner traveling from Lisbon to Buenos Aires."
– Oprah's Book Club
"This book is a masterpiece. It reads like a classic film. The story moves effortlessly between the dance halls of 1920s Buenos Aires, to a chess tournament in 1960s Italy, and back to Nice in the '30s. Max, a gentleman thief,meets Mecha, the beautiful wife of a famous composer, when he's working as a ballroom dancer on an ocean liner. It's his job to keep escorted women entertained. As you read, you can practically here the music as they are dancing. Their paths cross several more times in the intervening years, each time leaving its mark on them and their shared histories. As two of his capers escalate you find Max in two different nail biting moments at the same time, each making you turn pages faster and faster. WHAT WE BECOME does what Arturo Pérez-Reverte does best. He transports you to another place in time, and leaves you feeling nostalgic when the the book ends."
– John Kwiatkowski, Murder By The Book
Praise for International Bestselling Author, Arturo Pérez-Reverte:
“John le Carre meets Gabriel Garcia Marquez…”
– –The Wall Street Journal
“Few contemporary writers conjure up derring-do as well as well as Arturo Pérez-Reverte.”
– – The Christian Science Monitor
“Pérez-Reverte’s literary thriller explodes withhistory, heartbreak [and] determination…”
– – Entertainment Weekly