In this spellbinding new exploration of the varieties of love, the author of Call Me by Your Name lets us back into his characters' lives years after their first meeting
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.
A beautiful conclusion for Elio and Oliver . . . intense and rewarding . . . an unashamedly romantic and philosophical novel . . . at its core, Find Me is a study in love: not only the love we dare to embrace but the love that exists in the parallel lives we lack the courage to explore., Observer
[A] sexy, melancholic follow-up... a beautiful ode to the passage of time, to the lasting power of true love and the ache of loneliness even when coupled up. Ordinarily, this would be the part of the write-up where I tell you what Elio and Oliver have been up to since their transformative summer in that Italian villa all those years ago, but this novel is best read cold, the revelations about who these characters have become unraveling slowly like a gorgeous piece of classical music., BuzzFeed
Aciman writes beautifully about the fear that the most important person in your life will become no more than a tangent. Desire in Aciman's novels is an obliterator of the self and a reinforcement of it. His characters want to become their loved ones, or climb inside them, to experience the truest versions of themselves. He asks if age makes us less vulnerable to heartache, or less hopeful of romantic bliss. In our minds, we lead 'many lives, one tucked beneath or right alongside the other., The Times
Completely won me over . . . Aciman has, rather boldly, decided to just write an Aciman novel . . . those of us able to recognise that this isn't Call Me By Your Name will be impressed by Aciman's delicate and audacious novel . . . think of Find Me as CMBYN's coda, the final flourish that ends a great work., Irish Times
Deeply philosophical with its meditations on time, loss and the plurality of life . . . his characters, with their vulnerabilities and yearning, are real . . . an optimistic novel in which you're given a chance to rectify the "what ifs" that are desperate to haunt you. -- Alim Kheraj, i
The focus of Find Me is the unlived life, the real life that comes to a standstill . . . Aciman's clever arrangement takes advantage of the frustrated desire of the reader to see Elio and Oliver reunited . . . Far more ambitious than Call Me by Your Name . . . great care has gone into the artistic shaping of this narrative., TLS
[Aciman] writes with typically hypnotic elegance . . . Quiet regrets, the pang of loneliness and the enduring nature of love are explored with sensual sensitivity., i
Aciman is our best living writer on the subject of desire . . . [he] triumphs in characters who become unmoored, who break free of taboos and constraints to run headlong toward passion no matter the costs. In fact, Find Me is such an overt, unapologetic celebration of living, flirting, remembering, and loving, it's almost jarring to read in such a cynical, exasperated age., Mr Porter
Aciman's characters are full of such wistful reflections., Literary Review
Aciman once again demonstrates his inherent skill for propelling you to ecstatic, dizzying heights one minute, before leaving you crushed by the end of the next paragraph, and captures a sense of longing in a way few other writers are able to - no spoilers, but don't expect to finish it unscathed., Dazed