Author André Aciman revealed the cover to Find Me, a follow-up novel to the critically acclaimed Call Me by Your Name, on his Twitter, whipping fans of Elio and Oliver into a fervor across social media.
Set decades after the events of Call Me by Your Name, which introduced the fledgling and complex relationship between Elio and graduate student Oliver, Find Me will return to their story, but things will certainly remain just as complicated — not least because Oliver, now married, also has a young family.
The cover itself has some of the classic, and rich, architecture expected from Rome. Though, according to comments from Aciman to Entertainment Weekly, the novel will not be restricted to taking place in just Italy.
“Find Me does not take place in Rome alone,” Acimen said. An entire segment takes place in a rainy Paris by night while another is set in New York City late on a protracted Indian summer.”
Speaking about the cover design, Acimen added, “The colors of the buildings couldn’t have been more intensely Roman or captured the sensual Rome I’ve known and loved so much: ochre, faded orange, and, in the background, a serene blue sky. If you look carefully, the street sign reads ‘Via dei Banchi Vecchi’ — a street where Elio and his father order wine in what is my favorite enoteca in the world. My heart belongs in this image.”
Here's the cover of my forthcoming novel, FIND ME, where you'll rediscover Elio and Oliver.
Coming October 2019. pic.twitter.com/6JCREBykTk
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— André Aciman (@aaciman) May 3, 2019
Due to be published on October 29, 2019 — and available for pre-order — the synopsis reads:
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.
Call Me by Your Name gained more widespread popularity following the debut of its movie adaptation, staring Timothée Chalamet as Elio and Armie Hammer as Oliver — though the movie ends somewhat more open-ended than the novel, leaving the potential for Oliver and Elio to rekindle their romance.
“Elio and Oliver have been with me ever since they visited my pages and they’ve never left,” Aciman said to EW, of returning back to Elio and Oliver’s world. “I fell in love with them, fell in love with their love, and have never stopped thinking of them. Better yet, I would never have learned so much or been so stirred by young love until I woke up one morning and started writing the word, ‘Later.'”