Set in a tiny town in northern Italy, this glorious love story will completely invade you. Aciman writes his lovers with both a deeply felt interior life and razor-sharp intelligence. Elio is in a haze of hormones and teenage angst, yet he is absolutely clear in stating his objective. Oliver is a buttoned-down man who lives strictly inside his head — not his heart. He wears his brusque, curt "American" persona like a suit of armor, and is utterly unsettled by Elio's declarations. Watching these two fall uneasily in love reveals a spectrum of conflicting emotions at a high pitch: desire, anger, love, need, confusion, longing, tenderness, lust, despair; the list goes on and on. Both agonizing and euphoric, Call Me by Your Name is a stunning achievement. Recommended By Dianah H., Powells.com
I'm not sure why it took me 10 years to read this book. I'd always heard it was great, but never actually picked it up until earlier this year. But when I did? I was stunned.
Few books capture the power of obsessive, overpowering first love and lust like Aciman does here. And with a movie adaptation coming out later this year, there isn't a better time to read (or reread!) this incredible book. Recommended By Adam P., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Now a Major Motion Picture from Director Luca Guadagnino, Starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, and Written by Three-Time Oscar Nominee James Ivory
The Basis of the Oscar-Winning Best Adapted Screenplay
A New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
A Vulture Book Club Pick
An Instant Classic and One of the Great Love Stories of Our Time
Andre Aciman's Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time.
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Ficition
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year - A Publishers Weekly and The Washington Post Best Book of the Year - A New York Magazine "Future Canon" Selection - A Chicago Tribune and Seattle Times (Michael Upchurch's) Favorite Favorite Book of the Year
"A great love story...every phrase, every ache, every giddy rush of sensation in this beautiful novel rings true." The Seattle Times
"If you are prepared to take a hard punch in your gut, and like brave, acute, elated, naked, brutal, tender, humane, and beautiful prose, then you've come to the right place." Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love
"The novel is richly, sensuously detailed...luminous....Aciman deftly charts a burgeoning relationship that both parties want and fear." The Boston Globe
"An extraordinary examination of longing and the complicated ways in which we negotiate the experience of attraction. . . . It's startling that a novel so bracingly unsentimental — alert to the ways we manipulate, second-guess, forestall, and finally reach stumblingly toward one another — concludes with such emotional depths." O, The Oprah Magazine
About the Author
André Aciman is the New York Times bestselling author of Call Me By Your Name, Out of Egypt, Eight White Nights, False Papers, Alibis, and Harvard Square, and most recently Enigma Variations, now out in paperback. He's the editor of The Proust Project and teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He lives with his wife in Manhattan.