The international bestselling romantic comedy “bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and…humor,” (Entertainment Weekly) featuring the oddly charming, socially challenged genetics professor, Don, as he seeks true love.
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.
Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.
Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune).
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This irresistible love story revolves around Don Tillman, an Australian genetics professor whose rigid daily schedule, painful fashion choices, and inability to make small talk or sugarcoat the truth explain his lack of a romantic partner. But Don’s a brilliant scientist, and he devises a questionnaire designed to find his ideal partner: a nonsmoking, punctual, and fit women who never makes a big deal about selecting the right ice cream flavor and likes to drink in moderation. Unlike his unapologetically strange protagonist, author Graeme Simsion—a former IT consultant—exhibits a great deal of emotional intelligence. The Rosie Project is an exceptionally fun read, full of complicated, delightfully lovable characters, sparkling dialogue, and touching scenes that capture the awkwardness of courtship and the free-fall thrill of finding love where you least expect it.
Read-out-loud laughter begins by page two in Simsion's debut novel about a 39-year-old genetics professor with Asperger's but utterly unaware of it looking to solve his Wife Problem. Don Tillman cannot find love; episodes like the Apricot Ice Cream Disaster prevent so much as a second date with a woman. His devised solution is the Wife Project: dating only those who "match" his idiosyncratic standards as determined by an exacting questionnaire. His plans take a backseat when he meets Rosie, a bartender who wants him to help her determine her birth father's identity. His rigidity and myopic worldview prevents him from seeing her as a possible love interest, but he nonetheless agrees to help, even though it involves subterfuge and might jeopardize his position at the university. What follows are his utterly clueless, but more often thoroughly charming exploits in exploring his capacity for romance. Helping Tillman are his only two friends, an older, shamelessly philandering professor, and the professor's long-suffering wife, who may soon draw the line in the sand. With Asperger's growing visibility in pop culture in recent years, as on CBS's The Big Bang Theory, this novel is perfectly timed.
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A great fun read
I really enjoyed this book. The story is well developed and you are taken from one interesting and funny situation to the next. It's very easy to read and hard to put down as you drawn more and more into the story.
I don’t write reviews usually, but this book was Fantastic, laugh out loud!! Most Enjoyable book!!
Original but a bit tiresome
I thought the plot was extremely original and I enjoyed it up to a point. After a while it got a bit tiresome and I felt like I was plodding along.