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: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, smokers, vegetarians, and chronically late.
Rosie Jarman possesses all these unsuitable qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project. 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.
In One Line
A romantic comedy with a few twists, like genetics research and Asperger’s, that is tender and sweetly funny.
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Read-out-loud laughter begins by page two in Simsion’s debut novel about a genetics professor with Asperger’s—but utterly unaware of it—looking to find love. His plans take a backseat when he meets Rosie, a bartender who wants him to help her determine her birth father’s identity. What follows are his utterly clueless, but more often thoroughly charming exploits in exploring his capacity for romance.
Warm-hearted and perfectly pitched, with profound themes that are worn lightly, this very enjoyable read promises to put Don Tillman on the comic literary map. Through his battles to understand and empathize with other humans, Don teaches us to see the funny side of our own often incomprehensible behavior – and to embrace the differently abled.
While Simsion’s charming hero is unconventional, expect a traditional romantic comedy with sly nods to film classics of the genre. Sometimes touching, sometimes thought-provoking and always hilarious, The Rosie Project is a feel-good novel that, just like your favorite romantic movie, you’ll want to enjoy again and again.
Jaclyn Fulwood, Infinite Reads
“The best, most honestly told love story I’ve read in a long time.”
“Simsion creates a heartwarming storie of an extraordinary man learning to live in an ordinary world, and to love.”
“An extraordinarily clever, funny, and moving book about being comfortable with who you are and what you’re good at. I’m sending copies to several friends and hope to re-read it later this year. This is one of the most profound novels I’ve read in a long time.”
“The charm of this story is Simsion’s affectionate depiction of his strange, flawed, infuriating, logical and always amusing protagonist.”