Review: 'The Rosie Project' by Graeme Simsion
It's my pleasure to have read and now review a novel far from my usual confines of the noir genre. "The Rosie Project," Graeme Simsion's debut novel is a bright romantic comedy that will appeal to readers both male and female. It's lighthearted without ever being silly while it deals with a topic to which we can all relate: romantic love.
Don Tillman is the story's protagonist, a professor of genetics who also happens to be a single male who happens to have determined it is the appropriate time in his life to find a wife. Tillman, a man of science rather than of chance, decides that dating in the traditional manner is a waste of valuable time that may or may not result in finding an appropriate mate.
This man who schedules everything in his life down to the last details -- including exactly how long it takes to clean his bathroom -- develops a multi-page questionnaire to give to any single females who may be shopping for a male partner. Tillman calls his questionnaire and its distribution the Wife Project.
Life has a way of throwing curve balls to even the most serious of plans. In Tillman's case, that curve ball comes in the form of one unconventional, physically attractive and decidedly not wife material named Rosie.
It's amusing and heartwarming and sometimes a bit heart-wrenching to follow the development of Don and Rosie's partnership in yet another project, the Father Project. Rosie is searching for her biological father whose identity is unknown to her. Tillman as the genetic scientist takes on this unofficial quest with his knowledge of DNA and access to the needed equipment at the Australian university where he works.
I can't give away the ending, of course, but just let me say that the ride of the read is worth the journey.
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