The Rosie Project

By Graeme Simsion

(Simon & Schuster, 304 pages, $24)

By Lori Kauzlarick

Don Tillman is a geneticist and a genius, unfortunately he has the social skills of a speed bump.

When the passing comment of an acquaintance suggests the he’d be a “great husband,” Don creates the Wife Project to find the perfect woman for him with a questionnaire. After meeting with little success, Don lets his friend, a married man whose goal is to sleep with a woman from every country on the planet, choose for him, so into his life breezes Rosie.

Rosie is not looking for a husband but wants Don’s help in identifying her biological father. Rosie is none of the things Don is looking for, but she’s fiery, intelligent and funny, so the Wife Project becomes the Rosie Project, as Don and Rosie collaborate in her search and the couple who are so wrong for each other find love.

There is an amazing sweetness in this book as well as laugh out loud moments, such as the Apricot Ice Cream Disaster. Don’s peculiar behaviour may be Asperger’s-related, but the author creates Don as a fleshed out person not a someone with an illness. The flap cover states that the book began as a screenplay, and I for one would love to see it as a film.

(Lori Kauzlarick is public services assistant at the Brodie Resource Library.)

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