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For those of you who have read, The Rosie Project, you will be thrilled to hear there is a follow on with The Rosie Effect, which is equally charming.
The main character, Don Tillman, a geneticist, is now married to Rosie Jarman, a medical student. Their lives are further changed by their move from Melbourne to New York. It is never explicitly divulged that Don has Asperger’s Syndrome, but his way of life is so unique, he can be nothing but. He learns how to deal with things, but in the process gets himself into some very difficult situations. The caring side of Don is so carefully crafted, and the funny incidents continue to amuse the reader.
Trying to protect his wife from stress, the web of deceit grows, leaving him in danger of losing his job, deportation, and worst of all, losing Rosie.
Difference is cherished throughout this story. For any of you who are, or have met anyone, on the autistic spectrum, you’ll love this book.
‘The Rosie Project’ Graeme Simsion
At the moment I am reading ‘The Rosie Project’ which has had me laughing out loud! If you feel like something light but well written, this is the book for you. The protagonist is Don, a highly intelligent professor of genetics, and although he’s not aware of it, he has Asperger’s Syndrome. This story presents many delightful insights into the world of someone who sees things in a literal way without being able to read the subtleties of facial expressions.
He would dearly like to find a wife; so he prepares a sixteen- page questionnaire, The Wife Project is born. This is just the beginning, it develops with the help of his friend, a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker; someone who definitely doesn’t tick all the boxes. Predictable, maybe, but definitely a fun read.
The author, Graeme Simsion, is from Melbourne and he’s written plays, short stories and two non-fiction books. ‘The Rosie Project’ is his first novel and won the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. It is published by textpublishing.com.au