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‘Call Me By Your Name’ Characters Return, But Don’t Call This A Sequel

Elio and Oliver, the beloved main characters of Call Me By Your Name, are back in a new novel called Find Me. But it’s not really a sequel, says author André Aciman, a professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY. And their relationship is not the new book’s primary focus—despite fans’ pleas for a continuation of the story that was made into an award-winning movie.

“The word sequel is not exactly a word I like,” Aciman told The Graduate Center. “Find Me picks up not where the novel left, but in the spaces in between—whatever happened between the separation of Elio and Oliver, and later, when Oliver goes to visit him.”

Call Me By Your Name centered around Elio, a 17-year-old who has a summer romance in Italy with 24-year-old Oliver. The film, starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay. Elio and Oliver appear in the shorter chapters of Find Me​, where we find Elio in Paris, involved with an older man, and Oliver in New York City, where he is enchanted by both a male guest and a female guest at a party.

But the longest section of Find Me concerns Elio’s father Samuel. In Find Me, Samuel has divorced Elio’s mother, and has an affair with a woman half his age whom he meets on a train. The new book is notable for its many sex scenes, and for unapologetically depicting this relationship between an older man and a young woman.

“As much as we all may have craved 300 more pages of vivid descriptions of Oliver and Elio,” wrote a reviewer in The New York Times, instead “we are given a book that explores what can happen when your life gets away from you, when you realize just how much time you’ve wasted.”

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019

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