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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.

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"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. Agent: David Forrer, Inkwell Management." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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THE ART OF LOVE IS NEVER A SCIENCE

Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who's decided it's time he found a wife. And so, 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 is all these things. She also is strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent. And while Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, as a DNA expert Don is particularly suited to help Rosie on her own quest: identifying 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 will resonate with anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of great challenges. The Rosie Project is a rare find: a book that restores our optimism in the power of human connection.

About the Author

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 by Sony Pictures. Graeme lives in Australia with his wife, Anne, and their two children, and is currently working on a sequel to The Rosie Project.

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Melinda Ott, March 26, 2015 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
This book has been sitting in my Kindle account for quite some time. I think it fell victim to my aversion to hyped books, or at least that is what I'm telling myself. I recently won a copy of The Rosie Effect in a giveaway and I thought I should probably read this one first. I went in expecting something light and quick.

Don't get me wrong--this was light and quick. Light in that it wasn't a book that I felt like I had to work to read and quick because I could not put it down. To assume, however, that it being "light and quick" means it is fluffy is just wrong. While this book is definitely smooth going down, shall we say, it definitely packs a punch.

It took me a little time to settle into this book, to no fault of the books. You see, I am a devoted fan of The Big Bang Theory and this book is very similar. The main character is a man with Asperger's and a scientist. Yet, it quickly becomes clear that Don Tillman is not a Sheldon Cooper clone...he wants to have a relationship and take pro-active, and questionable, steps to achieve that goal.

The other characters in this book are well-drawn as well. Rosie is an interesting woman and she turns out to not be what I initially thought she would be. I can't say that I "liked" Gene, but he was an effective foil for Don and one that I wouldn't expect. But, there was quite a bit about this book I didn' expect--I thought I had figured the Father Project out and was a bit flummoxed to realize that I had guessed wrong.

There is great comedy in this book (including some unorthodox uses for skeleton) but there is great emotion as well. Don's feelings are crystal clear to the reader long before he ever has the slightest inkling of going on. Yet, when he does figure it out, it hits you like Billy Crystal's speech in When Harry Met Sally (but it is not when Don actually recites that particular speech...yes, that happens!). I think the greatest strength of this book is how Simsion develops Don without Don actually knowing it. And, yes, this is a love story--a quirky and sweet romantic tale, but it isn't what I would consider a "romance." Don's relationship with Rosie is the tool that leads to his self-realization, not the other way around.

It has been a while since a book so quickly worked its way into my heart as this one did. Ignore the hype (even though it is all well-deserved) and pick up this book!
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Chocolate and Croissants, January 23, 2014 (view all comments by Chocolate and Croissants)
When I initially started listening to the book I was not too keen on it. Quite possibly it may have been the only audio book in my car so I continued listening…and then I was hooked.

Let me introduce you to Don Tillman, geneticist and potentially the quirkiest man you will ever meet. Don is smart, brilliant, obsessive compulsive and completely socially inept. Don befriends an older woman in his complex, Daphne who tells him that studies show that married men are happier and live longer than single men. From here Don gets the idea to start The Wife Project. Believe me you do not want to be a candidate for The Wife Project. You are required to calculate your own BMI and adhere to other odd prerequisites.

Through The Wife Project Don meets Rosie and The Rosie Project is born. The book is truly adorable. While you may not want to date Don, you grow to appreciate his quirkiness and odd habits. The Rosie Project is a wonderful love story. Rosie is fond of Don and has no problem pointing out his idiosyncrasies. Don allows Rosie to introduce him to new experiences and realizes that one can have fun in life.

My suggestion, do yourself a favour and get a copy of The Rosie Project. The book will have you laughing and appreciating Don's odd behavior.
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Debbi, December 30, 2013 (view all comments by Debbi)
9 pm. New book. Looks promising. Who would have guessed that The Rosie Project would keep me totally engaged from the first chapter straight through until 2:30 in the morning?
If you want to laugh a lot, jump into Human Relationships 101, learn a bit about Asperger's, or simply read a really entertaining book, The Rosie Project is for you. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel. Perfect way to kickoff 2014!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781476729084
Author:
Simsion, Graeme
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Simsion, Graeme C.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20131001
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.38 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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. Agent: David Forrer, Inkwell Management." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , THE ART OF LOVE IS NEVER A SCIENCE

Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who's decided it's time he found a wife. And so, 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 is all these things. She also is strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent. And while Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, as a DNA expert Don is particularly suited to help Rosie on her own quest: identifying 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 will resonate with anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of great challenges. The Rosie Project is a rare find: a book that restores our optimism in the power of human connection.

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