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Author of the celebrated memoir Out of Egypt, Aciman offers a debut novel about a brief but transformative summer affair between a teenager and a visitor at his parents' Italian villa. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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This amazing novel about first love, published to a roar of acclaim, is now available in paperback: 'A superb novel about the sensuous light of the Mediterranean summer, the languorous days and nights filled with desire... wonderful.' Colm Toibin

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Andre Aciman teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He lives with his family in Manhattan. This is his first novel.

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Author of the celebrated memoir Out of Egypt, Aciman offers a debut novel about a brief but transformative summer affair between a teenager and a visitor at his parents' Italian villa. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

A beautiful and wise book... A miracle. * Colm Toibin, author of Brooklyn *
As much a story of paradise found as it is of paradise lost... Extraordinary. * New York Times *
Brave, acute, elated, naked, brutal, tender, humane and beautiful. * Nicole Krauss, author of Forest Dark *
Extraordinary... Evocative, poetic and deeply beautiful. * Tatler *
Humanises love in a really powerful, beautiful way. * Armie Hammer, Time Out *
Deeply moving... I adored it. * Vogue *
This novel is hot... a love letter, an invocation, and something of an epitaph. An exceptionally beautiful book. * The New York Times Book Review *

Adult/High School-Seventeen-year-old Elio faces yet another lazy summer at his parents' home on the Italian coast. As in years past, his family will host a young scholar for six weeks, someone to help Elio's father with his research. Oliver, the handsome American visitor, charms everyone he meets with his cavalier manner. Elio's narrative dwells on the minutiae of his meandering thoughts and growing desire for Oliver. What begins as a casual friendship develops into a passionate yet clandestine affair, and the last chapters fast-forward through Elio's life to a reunion with Oliver decades later. Elio recalls the events of that summer and the years that follow in a voice that is by turns impatient and tender. He expresses his feelings with utter candor, sharing with readers his most private hopes, urges, and insecurities. The intimacy Elio experiences with Oliver is unparalleled and awakens in the protagonist an intensity that dances on the brink of obsession. Although their contact in the ensuing years is limited to the occasional phone call or postcard, Elio continues to harbor an insatiable desire for Oliver. His longing creates a tension that is present from the first sentence to the last.-Heidi Dolamore, San Mateo County Library, CA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Egyptian-born Aciman is the author of the acclaimed memoir Out of Egypt and of the essay collection False Papers. His first novel poignantly probes a boy's erotic coming-of-age at his family's Italian Mediterranean home. Elio 17, extremely well-read, sensitive and the son of a prominent expatriate professor finds himself troublingly attracted to this year's visiting resident scholar, recruited by his father from an American university. Oliver is 24, breezy and spontaneous, and at work on a book about Heraclitus. The young men loll about in bathing suits, play tennis, jog along the Italian Riviera and flirt. Both also flirt (and more) with women among their circle of friends, but Elio, who narrates, yearns for Oliver. Their shared literary interests and Jewishness help impart a sense of intimacy, and when they do consummate their passion in Oliver's room, they call each other by the other's name. A trip to Rome, sanctioned by Elio's prescient father, ushers Elio fully into first love's joy and pain, and his travails set up a well-managed look into Elio's future. Aciman overcomes an occasionally awkward structure with elegant writing in Elio's sweet and sanguine voice. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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