File Size: 386 KB
Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Penguin (11 April 2013)
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Don Tillman is a socially challenged genetics professor who’s decided the time has come to find a wife. His questionnaire is intended to weed out anyone who’s unsuitable. The trouble is, Don has rather high standards and doesn’t really do flexible so, despite lots of takers – he looks like Gregory Peck – he’s not having much success in identifying The One.
When Rosie Jarman comes to his office, Don assumes it’s to apply for the Wife Project – and duly discounts her on the grounds she smokes, drinks, doesn’t eat meat, and is incapable of punctuality. However, Rosie has no interest in becoming Mrs Tillman and is actually there to enlist Don’s assistance in a professional capacity: to help her find her biological father.
Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you…
The Rosie Project, narrated in the first person by Australian Professor Donald Tillman, begins with the reader being made aware of Don’s ineptitude in social situations and personal relationships. We get to meet only friend Gene who has an open marriage and is possibly not the best person to give Don advice!
Once Rosie comes into Don’s life, we see him undergo quite a change on his quest with Rosie to find her father. Rosie often pushes him outside of his comfort zone and he makes changes to accommodate her.
Don really grew on me the more I read. Everything about him we see filtered through his sensory barriers and how he needs predictability and routine to survive in our culture. ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a very interesting developmental disorder and Don’s structured approach to finding a wife and Rosie’s father is fascinating. To obtain DNA, they have to work a bar at a private function and Don’s approach – to not only buy a book on cocktails but make them and become an expert is just one example of how Don copes in life. Maturity gives him the knowledge that he needs time out to process his emotions and although Don is a fictional character, I just hope the children I support with ASD can find a way like Don to survive so successfully …
The quests Rosie and Don go on to find her father are very entertaining. The trip they take to New York is fabulous and it is here where we see Don beginning to go with the flow a bit more. I loved it that he found another use for his love of statistics and made a friend as well!
Also I just have to mention the Ball. It is here that Don realises that his questionnaire to find his perfect mate may not be foolproof. This is another scene to remember with laughter.
How Don approaches the romance is very structured but is also entertaining. A romantic moment will have you catching your breath, waiting in suspense …
The Rosie Project really is a feel-good novel, it’s not just hype. This is such an unusual ‘love story’ and Don’s ‘voice’ is the foundation that brings this story together. A debut novel that will be talked about for some time to come I’m sure.
I have no hesitation in recommending for your reading list!
I would like to thank the publishers for accepting my request to view via Netgalley.
Find out more about Graeme Simsion on his website.
The author tweets @GraemeSimsion
Prof Don Tillman also tweets! @ProfDonTillman Get a hint of his character