André Aciman Talks The Mature And Fragile CMBYN Sequel

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Call Me By Your Name author André Aciman is sharing more about the plot of the upcoming sequel novel Find Me.

Aciman recently got together with British Vogue to talk about the anticipated book and where it will follow its three main characters.

As we learned previously from publisher Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, the story’s premise goes as follows:

“In Find Me, Aciman shows us Elio’s father Samuel, now divorced, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, who has become a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train leads to a relationship that changes Sami’s life definitively. Elio soon moves to Paris where he too has a consequential affair, while Oliver, now a professor in northern New England with sons who are nearly grown, suddenly finds himself contemplating a return visit to Europe.”

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But during his talk with British Vogue, Aciman gave a little more detail. The author spotlighted again the fact that Elio’s father Sami will be just as much of a protagonist as his son and son’s former lover. In addition, Aciman admitted that he stole the name “Sami” for the father from the movie adaption.

In addition, Find Me will see the three different perspectives and storylines told in 10, 15, and 20-year intervals. While Elio’s father Sami becomes involved with a younger woman, Elio becomes involved with an older man named Michel. But, that’s when the “long-awaited, inevitable reunion” between Elio and Oliver happens.

While Elio has matured and moved on, Oliver “is in an unhappy marriage, ruminating over his love affair with Elio.” According to the Guardian, the book then covers the topic of lost love, new love, and love overall as an “unashamedly romantic and philosophical novel.”

“They are clearly more mature now and know how fragile life can be,” said Aciman. “They have both had other relationships, they know that they have to be careful and that a separation, should it occur again, would be devastating. Find Me gave me a sense of closure and finality. Of course, life is full of surprises and no road is without bumps or wrong turns. But I think this ends the tale of Elio and Oliver.”

We can’t wait to read it. And we won’t have to wait long, as Fine Me releases next week! You can read the next chapter in Elio and Oliver’s lives on October 29.

Source: British Vogue, The Guardian

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