The Rosie Project
By Graeme Simsion
(Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781476729084, 304pp.)
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
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An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.
Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.
Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.
Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant with an international reputation. His screen adaptation of The Rosie Project won the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy Script and has been optioned to Sony Pictures. Graeme lives in Australia with his wife Anne, a psychiatrist who writes erotic fiction, and their two children.
"The Rosie Project is an upbeat, quirky, impertinent gem of a read. As the novel makes its logically irrefutable progression, readers will become enchanted by what may well be the world?e(TM)s first rigorously evidence-based romantic comedy."
-Chris Cleave, bestselling author of Little Bee and Gold
"This clever and joyful book charmed me from the first. Professor Tillman is an unlikely romantic hero but a brave, winning soul, and his quest to find a wife goes to show that rationality is no match for love."
-Maggie Shipstead, bestselling author of Seating Arrangements
"Graeme Simsion has created an unforgettable and charming character unique in fiction.? Don Tillman is on a quirky, often hilarious, always sincere quest to logically discover what is ultimately illogical?e"love.? Written in a superbly pitch-perfect voice, The Rosie Project had me cheering for Don on every page.? I?e(TM)m madly in love with this book! ?Trust me, you will be, too."
-Lisa Genova, bestselling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected
"With the demands of children and work, it's rare that I find myself so caught up in a novel that I literally cannot put it down -- not for food, nor for conversation, nor even for sleep. Charming and delightful,?I was so enamored of The Rosie Project that I read it in a single, marathon sitting."
-Ayelet Waldman, bestselling author of Red Hook Road, Bad Mother and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
"Although there are many laughs to be found in this marvelous?novel, The Rosie Project is a serious reflection on our need for?companionship and identity. Don Tillman is as awkward and confusing a narrator as he is lovable and charming."
-John Boyne, bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
"Charming, funny and heartwarming, a gem of a book."
-Marian Keyes, bestselling author of The Brightest Star in the Sky and This Charming Man
?eoeA world so original, in a story so compelling, I defy you not to read through the night. Read this glorious novel now, in the moment, where it lives."
-Adriana Trigiani, bestselling?author of The Shoemaker?e(TM)s Wife
"Don Tillman helps us believe in possibility, makes us proud to be human beings, and the bonus is this: he keeps us laughing like hell."
-Matthew Quick, bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook
"The?Rosie Project is?the best, most honestly told love story I've read in a long time."
-Kristin Hannah, bestselling author of Fly Away and Home Front