In Find Me, Aciman shows us Elio's father, Samuel, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, now a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train upends Sami's visit and changes his life forever.
Elio soon moves to Paris, where he, too, has a consequential affair, while Oliver, 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 nuances of emotion that are the substance of passion. Find Me brings us back inside the world of one of our greatest contemporary romances to show us that in fact true love never dies.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
There are some literary love stories we spend years hoping to revisit. So it’s with great excitement (and a huge dollop of gratitude to André Aciman) that we sat down for our reunion with Elio and Oliver. Few books have captured the magic of first love quite like 2011’s Call Me By Your Name and Find Me manages to bottle the intangible, enduring power of that fledgling love. We fast-forward several years: Elio is now a successful classical pianist in Rome and Oliver a New England college professor with a family. Aciman shows great skill and patience in painting the intricate stories of their lives across several before finally bringing the two together. These are characters we know so well and love so much: and they are done justice here beautifully.
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Intelligent and Poignant
I feel as an avid fan of both the book and the film “Call Me By Your Name” this book was released purely for the benefit of closure- especially surrounding the film adaptation. As easy as it is racing to the end of the novel just to see what happens to Elio and Oliver, this book also teaches us a valuable lesson about people, and their relationship with time.
The book takes place over a number of years in which the reader manages to catch up on what happened after and in between the last two chapters of “Call Me By Your Name” but Aciman has created characters so flawlessly candid and amicable it is as though the reader is catching up with close friends or family- people we relate to and want to read about so willingly, that by the end of the book we feel like we are living alongside the story of “Find Me” and all its hidden treasures.
Aciman has managed to rouse the same dialogue and memoirs from the first book so delicately and with such sharp poignancy that we go straight back to “Somewhere in Northern Italy” at the right time, but “Find Me” also makes the reader grieve and mature through its chapters so much so, that this is such a special book to read whether you’ve lived through its predecessor or not.