Fans of Italian author André Aciman’s novel Call Me By Your Name, and of its Oscar-nominated 2017 film adaptation, will be pleased to learn that a sequel to the novel is on its way.
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux will release Aciman’s Find Me this October. The novel will revisit the story of gay lovers Elio and Oliver, charting the ways in which their personal and professional lives have grown and changed since their parting.
“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,” explains a press release from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. “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.”
Aciman has devoted the years since the 2007 release of Call Me By Your Name to new stories, producing novels including 2010’s Eight White Nights and 2017’s Enigma Variations. For a long time, he had no plans for a sequel. However, he says the release of the film adaptation “made me realize that I wanted to be back with them and watch them over the years — which is why I wrote Find Me.”
“The world of Call Me by Your Name never left me,” he told Vulture. “Though I created the characters and was the author of their lives, what I never expected was that they’d end up teaching me things about intimacy and about love that I didn’t quite think I knew until I’d put them down on paper.”
It’s too early to tell what impact the book’s release might have on plans for a movie sequel. Last year, director Luca Guadagnino expressed hopes of turning his film into a trilogy, following the lives of the central characters across the years and taking on the HIV/ AIDS epidemic of the 1980’s and 1990’s. If he’s still harbouring such hopes, he’ll soon have new material to work with.
On the other hand, Armie Hammer – who starred as Oliver in the film – said in an interview published this week “I’m sort of coming around to the idea that the first one was so special for everyone who made it, and so many people who watched it felt like it really touched them, or spoke to them. And it felt like a really perfect storm of so many things, that if we do make a second one, I think we’re setting ourselves up for disappointment.”
If all goes peachy keen with the second book’s release, though, we hope he may yet be convinced.
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