Title Profile & Character Information

Call Me by Your Name

Annotation
Call Me by Your Nameis the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks' duration and 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.
 
The psychological maneuvers that accompany attraction have seldom been more shrewdly captured than in AndrĂ© Aciman's frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion.Call Me by YourNameis clear-eyed, bare-knuckled, and ultimately unforgettable.


Awards
2008  Lambda Literary Awards
2007  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year


Author Notes
  Andre Aciman teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Characters
NameElio
GenderMale
OccupationStudent
TraitJewish

NameOliver
GenderMale
OccupationScholar
TraitJewish

GenreFiction
Coming of age
Love stroy
TopicsPassion
Adolescence
Summer
Obsession
Fear
Love
Sexual awakening
Sexual identity
Gay youth
Teenage boys
Self-discovery
Scholars
First loves
SettingItaly