The Rosie Project (2013)

by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project is another in a line of recent books and television programs featuring characters with Asperger’s syndrome, a high-functioning, mild form of autism that today is more appropriately called “on the spectrum.” The book a first-person narrative by Don Tillman, who doesn’t realize he has the disorder, although social interactions confuse him and he’s often ridiculed.

Don decides to look for a compatible wife by asking potential mates to fill out a detailed questionnaire. In the course of his quest he meets the “most incompatible” Rosie. Since he’s a geneticist, and is more compatible with Rosie than he’ll admit, he gets involved in her “Father Project” to determine who her biological father was. Readers can guess where this will end up. Along the way we’re treated to a funny and sweet novel about personality differences and left with the thought that people can change up to a point.

Australian writer Simsion followed The Rosie Project with The Rosie Effect, in which Don sets out to learn the protocols of being a father.


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