Find Me

Find Me

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The author of the worldwide best-seller Call Me by Your Name revisits that novel’s complex and beguiling characters decades after their first meeting. Tour.

McMillan Palgrave

A New York Times Bestseller

In this spellbinding exploration of the varieties of love, the author of the worldwide bestseller Call Me by Your Name revisits its complex and beguiling characters decades after their first meeting.


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.



Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374155018
0374155011
Call Number: FIC ACI
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 22 cm

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IndyPL_ChaseM Apr 03, 2020

André Aciman's "Call Me by Your Name" was one of the most evocative books I've read. When I finished the last page of that book, I sat staring blankly in front of me for a period of time taking in everything I felt while reading the story of Oliver and Elio. I have a feeling that most r... Read More »


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IndyPL_ChaseM Apr 03, 2020

André Aciman's "Call Me by Your Name" was one of the most evocative books I've read. When I finished the last page of that book, I sat staring blankly in front of me for a period of time taking in everything I felt while reading the story of Oliver and Elio. I have a feeling that most readers, like me, didn't get the ending they wanted but accepted it as the way life works out sometimes.

I'm not sure I wanted a follow-up to "Call Me by Your Name" as much as I wanted to have the experience of reading something that I connected with like I did with this book. I guess there was some mistrust when "Find Me" was announced, which is why I didn't immediately pick this up when it came out.

Essentially, "Find Me" is three short stories concerning Elio's father, Sami, and a woman he meets on a train; Elio's relationship with an older man; and finally, Oliver as he makes a transition in his life. The first two stories borrowed heavily from clichéd RomComs without that much heart while the final third was a bit rushed only scratching at the surface of a bigger journey. My overall feeling while reading each section was that I didn't know these people like I had in the previous book.

The books is very well written. Anyone is sure to find several meaningful passages to markup and reflect on. These segments may have had a better life if they had been published separately and not as an entire work. What I wanted most from "Find Me" was found in the last dozen pages or so, which left me to speculate if the purpose of the book was to set up a third book in the series.

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Skulki
Feb 20, 2020

Having loved Call me by your name, I was eagerly waiting to know what happened in Elio's life in the next 20 years. Instead I got waaaaay too much weird stuff about Samuel. It was nice in the beginning. But it goes on too long and too much. After that, one jumps from Samuel's midlife crisis to another random guy's midlife crisis. It stops being convincing soon enough. The whole thing starts to seem like a terribly long long walk to nowhere. As if this labouring of the reader's patience wasn't enough, as if Aciman got tired of labouring this pointless thing enough, he directly says ok, let's end it already- Elio and Oliver got together and they lived happily ever after. Done.

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xiaojunbpl12
Jan 10, 2020

Cadenza is my most favorite out of four renditions of love/romance, introduction of a new memorable character Michel is a nice surprise, but its loose end lost magic hanging there.
Tempo, with eroticism barely palatable, is just better than banality.
Capriccio was refreshing with post-modern twist, reignited Oliver's lure, only tangled and tied to an embarrassing knot in Da Capo.
I still like his style, and settings (stay in Italy, Rome from #1, extend to Paris, New York, southern Italy, Mediterranean...).
It’s more expansive than #1, and time(less) is the witness.

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Walter724
Dec 19, 2019

This was well worth the wait! The writing is so sweet, romantic and vivid! If you are really interested in the Oliver/Elio relationship though, it is a bit frustrating: you have to be patient and wait a while to see them finally together again. That being said, I really grew to like the new character, Michel, introduced to the story. And it was so moving when Elio realizes he still has feelings for Oliver and we read:

"For a moment, and just as I was listening to Michel speak, it occurred to me that there was one person on this planet that I'd like to have my eyes shut by. And he, I hoped, without saying a word to me for years, would cross the globe to place his palm upon my eyes, as I would place mine on his."

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mikecain7134
Dec 11, 2019

The sequel to Andre Aciman's sensuous and often exhilarating "Call Me By Your Name." honestly I feel slightly disappointed. Did we really need a 120 page section about Samuel, Elio's father having a mid-life crisis. Now divorced, dating and later marrying a younger woman because she reminds him of his son? (weird) The Elio and Michel part in the second section part of the book kind dragged on and I knew Elio wasn't going to end up with Michel. The third section featuring Oliver was even more baffling, gets divorced and doesn't consider how his sons feel about the situation. (c'mon!) Spoiler: The fourth and final part has both Elio and Oliver finally end up together raising Samuel and Miranda's son/Elio's younger brother after Samuel's death. But it feels rushed altogether. They only have 11 pages of dialogue together (really) Overall, this sequel felt like fan service for the audience that just wanted Elio and Oliver to end up together.

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Inner_Typewriter
Nov 25, 2019

This Kleenex ready sequel to Call Me By Your Name is a valentine that aims straight for the heart. Told in the voices of Elio, Oliver, and Elio's father, the sequel revisits these characters twenty years later. The wait is worth it. Be patient. Enjoy the journey. The ending is unforgettable. I loved it and I highly recommend Find Me.

debwalker Sep 30, 2019

Shelf Talker: In a marvelous feat of style and craft, André Aciman's sequel to the phenomenally received Call Me by Your Name stands apart as a generous study of time's effect on desire.

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