Call Me By Your Name is a novel published in 2007 by American writer André Aciman. The book tells the story of a romance between a 17-year-old Italian Jewish teenager, Elio Perlman, and the 24-year-old American Jewish scholar Oliver. The story takes place in the 1980s in Italy, starting from the first summer when the two met until 20 years later.
Story narrated through flashbacks by Elio Perlman. Although no specific timeline is mentioned, the story may begin in 1987 when Elio was 17 and was living with her parents in their Italian mansion. Every summer, his family invites a graduate student to stay with him for six weeks to write a book and assist Elio’s father with paperwork. Elio hated this tradition, as he had to share his bedroom with the guest.
That summer’s guest was Oliver, a carefree and open-minded American student — in contrast to Elio’s introverted personality. It was Elio who chose Oliver, in the hope of being able to quickly get acquainted with the new visitor by becoming his guide, but in return Elio’s efforts were a tepid. During a tennis match, Oliver grabbed Elio by the shoulder, but he pulled back in fear. Even though Elio realizes himself as bisexual just as he is completely attracted to Oliver — shown in his excitement at knowing that Oliver is Jewish as well, seeing it as a bond between them. But Elio was afraid that his feelings would not be reciprocated.