Find Me André Aciman LGBT, Literary Fiction Farrar, Straus and Giroux October 29, 2019 272
No novel in recent memory has spoken more movingly to contemporary readers about the nature of love than André Aciman’s haunting Call Me by Your Name. First published in 2007, it was hailed as “a love letter, an invocation . . . an exceptionally beautiful book” (Stacey D’Erasmo, The New York Times Book Review). Nearly three quarters of a million copies have been sold, and the book became a much-loved, Academy Award–winning film starring Timothée Chalamet as the young Elio and Armie Hammer as Oliver, the graduate student with whom he falls in love.
In Find Me, Aciman shows us Elio’s father, Samuel, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, who has become a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train with a beautiful young woman upends Sami’s plans and changes his life forever.
Elio soon moves to Paris, where he, too, has a consequential affair, while Oliver, now a New England college professor with a family, suddenly finds himself contemplating a return trip across the Atlantic.
Aciman is a master of sensibility, of the intimate details and the emotional nuances that are the substance of passion. Find Me brings us back inside the magic circle of one of our greatest contemporary romances to ask if, in fact, true love ever dies.
All I can say is I LOVED IT! For those who read or saw the movie Call Me by Your Name and anguished over this author’s truly heart wrenching story of love lost, Mr. Aciman has graced us with the continuation of Elio and Oliver. Evidently many felt cheated. This book is broken into parts gives us what has happened to more than the two young lovers.
We begin on a train, ten years later, with Elio’s father Sammy traveling from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, who is now a gifted concert pianist. He is sharing his train compartment with a woman, her dog, and a cake. This will change the course of his life. And so begins the stories of what happened to Elio, Oliver, Sami, and others after that fate filled summer.
The writing of this author is beautiful, showing us such things about ‘time’, love and lost chances. Be mindful to not let life go by, as we are here for so short a time. It’s truth that made me emotional. If I could, I’d give it 10 Stars.