A film sequel to Call Me By Your Name may not be quite the done deal we’ve been led to believe, but Elio and Oliver’s story will continue in Andre Aciman’s follow up novel, Find Me, the cover for which was released on Friday.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Find Me follows Elio’s father Samuel “on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit his son, 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, meanwhile, soon moves to Paris, where he, too, has a consequential affair, and Oliver, now a New England college professor with a family, suddenly finds himself contemplating a return trip across the Atlantic.”
But what about the peach?
“Elio and Oliver have been with me ever since they visited my pages and they’ve never left,” Aciman told EW. “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.'”
The cover of the sequel is meant to evoke the richness of Rome, where much of the story’s action is set. “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,” Aciman explained. “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.”
But, according to Aciman, Find Me will journey past Rome. “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.”
Find Me will be published October 29, right around the time the rest of us are mourning our own summer romances.