The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

by Graeme Simsion

Overview: Now in paperback, 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).

Gail Reid (08/16/15): The plot of The Rosie Project has been very well summarized by other readers. There is a part of me that does not find the traits of people with OCD and Asperger's Syndrome to be humorous, knowing very well that their lives can be challenging. So I approached the reading of The Rosie Project with mixed feelings. I was surprised to find the book both delightful and warm; the Australian dialogue to be charming; and the plot both sweet and engaging. Although there was certainly some stereotyping of the characters, this was an all out "feel good" read!
Rating:*****

Debbie Weiss (02/13/14): Don Tillman is looking for a wife. He is a professor of genetics at an Australian University and he has Asperger's Syndrome. He is very structured in everything that he does in life and he methodically creates a detailed questionnaire that he can use to filter out all the undesirable women that might apply for the "position." Then he meets Rosie, an individual who does not qualify in any way according to the questionnaire. Rosie is looking for her biological father and Don offers to help her do so, using his expertise in genetics. This is a fun book that is well written and has characters that, though flawed, are extremely likeable. You cannot help rooting for Don --- that he might find his perfect mate.
Rating:****

Elaine Marlin (12/17/13): I simply want to recommend this book. It is humorous, well written, and tells story of an Asperger (Assistant?) Professor- Don Tillman - who is looking for a wife, because he read that "married men are happier and live longer". He misses all social cues, but has some caring friends who accept him for how he is. Of course, he has very little idea he is so "out there", because he doesn't read social cues. It takes place in Australia, at a University, and at his apartment. The characters are well developed, there are some interesting sub plots happening, and this is just an enjoyable read.
Rating:*****

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