First love. First awakening. First everything.
When Elio, a young man living in Italy, meets the new arrival to his parent’s home, who open their house to help “young academics revise a manuscript before publication” (p. 4) he hates him. He finds this 24-year-old brash, and standoffish with use of the word, Later! Elio cannot wait for the guy to leave: “Meanwhile, we’d have to put up with him for six long weeks” (p. 4). Despite Elio’s eagerness for this young man to leave, he also finds him alluring.