The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
The Rosie Project
2013, 327 pp
Don Tillman, a professor in genetics, does not understand jokes and takes everything literally. He is also very organised. Aged 39, he has decided it is time to marry. Unfortunately Don is not very good at dating. He therefore designs a questionnaire consisting of sixteen double-sided pages to help him find the perfect wife. Rosie Jarman is clearly totally unsuitable. But while Don is waiting for someone who does fit the criteria of the Wife Project, he agrees to help Rosie find her biological father. As Don and Rosie need to use rather unconventional methods to collect DNA samples from the various candidates, they frequently end up in awkward, but extremely funny situations. At the end of the novel Don realises that decisions made instinctively are just as sound as those based on logic. What makes ‘The Rosie Project’ especially interesting is that it is not only a highly entertaining story, but also shows just how many rules and conventions, of which most of us are not even aware, underlie our daily interactions with each other.