Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Rosie Project, April Book

Graeme Simsion, a New Zealand born, Australian author, has created Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who decides 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.

Rosie Jarman, strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent shows up. While Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, as a DNA expert, he is particularly suited to help Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father.

Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, this novel will resonate with anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of great challenges. Although set in his geeky ways and distinctly disadvantaged when it comes to tact, Don's underlying sweetness and charm endears him to the reader. The Rosie Project is in part about the joy that can come from openness to change. The Rosie Project is a rare find: a book that restores our optimism in the power of human connection while offering lots of amusement, sharp dialogue, fast pacing, hijinks, slapstick and surprises.

(excerpts from LitLover and NPR Reviews)

Leah Gessner

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