“He came. He left. Nothing else had changed. I had not changed. The world hadn’t changed. Yet nothing would be the same. All that remains is dream-making and strange remembrance.”
Originally published in 2007, Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman follows 17-year-old Elio at his family’s cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera, who develops a relationship with a summer guest. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, their passion intensifies as they test the charged ground between them.
What grows from the depths of their spirits is an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.