If You Loved..."Call Me By Your Name"
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If you were drawn to the emotional, passionate relationship between Elio and Oliver, you might be interested in Madeline Miller’s "Song of Achilles". Published in 2012, this book is often described as "Call Me By Your Name" set in ancient Greece, and tells the story of mythical hero Achilles and his lover Patroclus. People fall in love with this book.--Griffin
If you enjoyed Aciman’s use of the Italian countryside as a backdrop for romance, you might try E.M. Forster’s classic novel "A Room With a View. "This 1908 work follows a young Edwardian lady as she tries to decide between two suitors--the suitable, repressed Cecil Vyse who represents England at its stuffiest, and the open, free-spirited George Emerson, whom she meets and falls in love with on a sojourn in Rome. The 1985 film adaptation was even directed by the same man who would go on to adapt the "Call Me By Your Name" film--the legacy of Forster’s book lives on indeed!--Griffin
If you appreciated the story of a young man coming to understand his sexuality, Michael Chabon’s "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" might appeal to you. Art Bechelstein has just graduated college and has no idea what to do with the rest of his life. He spends his last uncommitted summer lurching to parties, dabbling in organized crime, and discovering his bisexuality, all making this debut novel by a great author an extremely fun read.--Griffin
If you liked the coming-of-age aspects of "Call Me By Your Name," the story of Elio discovering himself as a man and as an artist, you might try "The Buddha of Suburbia", a 1990 novel by Hanif Kureishi. Set in suburban London in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the book follows Karim, a restless, David Bowie-loving teenager who attempts to find himself through theatre and through Thatcher-era politics. It’s a very smart and witty book that made a huge splash with the youth of England when it debuted.--Griffin
If you found the final section of "Call Me By Your Name" the most poignant, with its emphasis on the power of nostalgia and enduring love, Iris Murdoch’s "The Sea, The Sea" could appeal to you. Published in 1978, and awarded that year’s Booker Prize, this novel tells the story of an aging theatre director who retires to a cottage on the English seashore and discovers that his first love, from his teenage years, has been living there for decades. It’s a powerful meditation on time, love, and memory.--Griffin
If you loved "Call Me By Your Name"’s evocation of the Italian countryside in summertime, you might enjoy the delightful Italian escapism of "The Enchanted April". Written in 1922 by Elizabeth von Armin, and set in the Italian seaside town of Portofino, this book is a clever, bubbly depiction of English socialites on a Mediterranean holiday.--Griffin