The Rosie Project is the debut novel of Australian author-cum-IT consultant, Graeme Simsion. It focuses on routine-laden genetics professor, Don Tillman, who has decided he is ready for marriage. He hopes to find his perfect match using a 16-page survey designed for potential candidates. He calls his endeavor “the Wife Project.”
Instead of the perfect candidate, he happens upon an independent and free-spirited PhD student named Rosie who is on her own quest to discover the identity of her father. The two team up and the book follows their adventures and the impact their wildly different personalities have on each other over the course of time.
The beauty of the book is in the characters. It is suggested that Professor Tillman is on the autism spectrum and this adds depth to how he is depicted and unique challenges to the plot. The author touches frequently on the topics of autism and Aspberger’s syndrome throughout the book and encourages the reader to think in a new way about those who fall into these categories. At one point Professor Tillman says, “Fault! Asperger’s isn’t a fault. It’s a variant. It’s potentially a major advantage. Asperger’s syndrome is associated with organization, focus, innovative thinking and rational detachment.” Nicely put.
In addition to becoming an international best seller and spawning a sequel, a movie version is in the works. There has been much discussion as to who will play Don Tillman. I, personally, see him as Bill Nye the Science Guy. The author suggests that Cary Grant would have been perfect for the role. We’ll see who Hollywood chooses. So get the book and form your own opinion before the movie comes out!
The Rosie Project is available through the Metro Library Network in book form, on CD and in a book club kit.
~a post from Lisa