The Rosie Project (Hardcover)
— Heather is our Marketing Director at Tattered Cover
Our Simon & Schuster sales rep
handed me an advance readers copy of The Rosie Project. 'I
laughed out loud,' she said, 'you have to read this book!'
So I read it, and laughed out loud, and got a little teary, and
enjoyed myself immensely. Don is a geneticist with little in the way
of social skills or empathy—his internal dialogue is captivating
and revealing, and gives the reader a much better handle on his
emotions (and his place on the Autism spectrum) than he has himself.
Don's attempt to find the perfect mate by means of the scientific
method are sidelined by Rosie and her quest for her biological
father. Rosie is NOT the perfect mate (according to all of Don's
assumptions), but she just may be his true love. From a catastrophic
first date to a transformative trip to New York City, Rosie and Don
find ways to be just what the other didn't know they needed! The
Rosie Project is a singular romantic comedy, sparingly written
and hard to put down." ~Heather
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. 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.