Find Me Summary & Study Guide

André Aciman
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Find Me is a sequel to the novel Call Me By Your Name. In Find Me, Chapter 1 is entitled “Tempo.” This chapter takes place ten years after the main events of Call Me By Your Name. The chapter focuses on Sami Perlman, an American-born Jewish man who has lived in Italy for years. He is a professor of archaeology and related cultural subjects. One day, on a train to Rome, he meets a woman named Miranda, who is also originally from the United States. Sami is about 60 years old, and Miranda is about 30 years old. They quickly form a rapport and discuss their respective romantic failures. Sami is divorced, and Miranda has recently ended a relationship.

Miranda invites Sami to have lunch with her and her ailing father at the father’s apartment in Rome. After the lunch, they walk around Rome together, and Miranda attends a public reading/lecture that Sami gives. At night, they passionately have sex in Sami’s hotel room and profess their love for each other. The next day, they spend time with Sami’s son, Elio. Elio is in his late twenties and is striving to become a professional classical performance pianist.

Chapter 2, “Cadenza,” takes place five years after Chapter 1. Elio is in his early thirties and is living in Paris. He teaches music and piano, and he is still struggling to become an established pianist. One day, he attends a classical music concert and forms a rapport with a fellow audience member. The fellow audience member is a Frenchman named Michel. He is in his late fifties and works as a lawyer. Elio and Michel’s rapport quickly produces a romantic spark. They begin dating, and their relationship becomes sexual.

One day, Michel brings Elio to the house in the French countryside where Michel was raised. Michel talks about his now deceased father, Adrien. Adrien appeared to be unhappy in his marriage. Adrien’s most prized possession was some piano sheet music given to him in 1944 by a man called Léon. Michel and Elio research Léon’s true identity and conclude that he was likely a pianist named Ariel Waldstein. They speculate that Adrien and Léon had a romantic relationship. They also speculate that Léon was either killed by the Nazis for being Jewish or that he had to flee from the country for his own safety. A few weeks after Elio and Michel begin dating, they kart amicably, as they do not believe the relationship to be sustainable long-term.

Chapter 3, “Capriccio,” takes place about five years after Chapter 2. Oliver is a man in his mid-forties who works as a professor at a university in New Hampshire. He is married and has children, but he has formed some romantic feelings towards friends and colleagues. During a party one night, he realizes that he is nostalgic for the summer he spent with Elio 20 years ago, and that he may still have romantic feelings for Elio.

Chapter 4, “Da Capo,” takes place not long after Chapter 3. Elio and Oliver reunite in Italy and reconnect romantically, professing their love to each other. Sami is now deceased, but Oliver meets Miranda. Sami and Miranda stayed together until Sami’s death and even had a child together. Sami names the child after Oliver. The young Oliver is now about ten years old.

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