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The Rosie Project

[a Novel]
Simsion, Graeme C. (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.
Authors: Simsion, Graeme C.
Title: The Rosie project
[a novel]
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2013
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Characteristics: 295 pages ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Graeme Simsion
Notes: Subtitle from dust jacket
Summary: Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.
ISBN: 1476729085
9781476729084
1476729093
9781476729091
Branch Call Number: FICTION SIMSION 2013
Subject Headings: College teachers Australia Fiction Genetics Research Fiction Marriage Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Topical Term: College teachers
Genetics
Marriage
LCCN: 2013000364
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Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and... Read More »

Don Tillman, whose idiosyncrasies and literalness have left him to a lonely life, devises a research project to help him find the "perfect wife."

Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.

This light and humorous story features Don Tillman, a scientist whose poor social skills, idiosyncrasies and literalness have led to a lonely life.
He decides he needs a wife and designs an exacting (but to most eyes, absurd) questionnaire for prospective mates.


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Jul 20, 2014
  • dillonp rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I rarely LOL reading but this book was so much fun.

Jul 16, 2014
  • 2314joni rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A different story regarding a college professor and his search for a wife. Very engaging and has your heart reaching out to the professor, hoping he gets what he wants.

Jul 09, 2014
  • BTVS rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book, story reminds me a bit of the movie, A Beautiful Mind, but not as serious and with a happy ending. I am glad we have brought people with Aspbergers-type disabilities into the literary fold, that we can write a funny story based of course on an exaggeration of all the characters. Poor Don, his family thought his problem was that he was gay! Rosie's quest for her true father has coloured her adolescence. But all's well that ends well. A great summer read.

I totally agree with the person who said 'brilliantly written, funny' This is a great book to read when you have read one too many violent Swedish mysteries, yet still want a well written but lighter love story.

Jun 21, 2014
  • Johna A Large rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Like Sheldon on The BIg Bang Theory? Meet Don, nearly a clone of Sheldon who develops The Wife Project when he thinks he ought to get married. How does Rosie become a candidate? Read this highly entertaining novel and find out!

Jun 19, 2014
  • barkylee15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved it! Such a great story. Don is the perfect narrator and principal character. I found him hilarious, and his growth and development over the course of the book was such a treat to read about it. Rosie was an extremely lovable character as well. I am looking forward to there being a second novel!

Jun 16, 2014
  • molmil8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is a gem that I would highly recommend adding to your reading list. It is so fun to read you don't realize until you have finished what a great point it has made. A little like "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime" but told from an adult point of view and with adult themes. Time well spent!

NYPL Staff Pick
Sparks fly when a socially maladroit, marriage-minded geneticist helps a quirky barmaid find her biological father, and slowly realizes that this Ms. Wrong might be Right for him.
- Selection Team

This is not my usual type of read, but I am so glad I got it. Brilliantly written, funny, I didn't want it to end.

May 22, 2014
  • calvoer rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I was really disappointed in this novel. It’s almost like a madcap Hollywood movie of the 1940’s, but without the charm. Professor Tillman’s science-based quest to find the perfect wife, the initial funny premise, gets swallowed up in a silly, boring subplot that involves flying around the world looking for Rosie’s genetic father. The portrayal of Tillman as someone with Aspergers doesn’t ring true; it reaches for the easy laughs. I know a lot of people with Aspergers – none behave like robotic automatons. Rosie herself barely makes it off the page as a character. So I don’t know what the hype was about.

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Jul 16, 2014
  • salsaladybug rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very enjoyable and hilarious reading!

Professor Don Tillman initiates the Wife Project to find himself a compatible partner, and he ends up with Rosie, who he had ruled out as patently unsuitable. Author Graeme Simsion, an Australian, teaches us many things: love can make you do irrational things, and you don't find love-it finds you. He also illustrated the Bible lesson, "let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Loved this quirky book.

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Graeme Simsion - The Rosie Project

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Jan 10, 2014
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