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The Rosie Effect: A Novel Paperback – July 21, 2015
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“In his bestselling debut, The Rosie Project, Simsion introduced the delightfully original character of Don Tillman, an Australian geneticist with Asperger’s syndrome who sets out to find the perfect wife by using the scientific method. In the sequel, set in New York, Don takes on impending fatherhood in the same clumsy yet endearing way, with results both funny and moving. This charming new chapter in the Tillman chronicles leaves you hoping it won’t be the last.”
“Though painfully aware of his emotional shortcomings, Don determinedly sets out to be a good dad. Hilarity ensues…Simsion’s tale offers a playful look at a how a family of two fare when a third…enters the mix...There’s a moral to this quirky story: The best things in life can’t be planned on a spreadsheet.”
“Loveable science prof Don Tillman’s perfect (-ly concocted) marriage is about to hit a major bump.”
“The hilarious follow-up to The Rosie Project, one of the best novels I’ve read in ages. There’s no sophomore slump here. Simsion brings back some of the best characters and gags from the first novel while also bringing in enough new elements to keep it fresh. It’s a funny novel that also made me think about relationships: what makes them work and how we have to keep investing time and energy to make them better. A sweet, entertaining, and thought-provoking book.”
—Bill Gates, "Top Five Books of 2014"
"Don and Rosie are back!...Readers who loved the first book are in for another treat."
—Library Journal (starred review)
"The Rosie Effect is a celebration of the best attributes to be found in a friend, a husband, or a father, regardless of the way they are expressed." —Booklist (starred review)
“This is a very funny book, possibly the funniest this year as Don organizes his and Rosie's life in New York…Every thought creates a smile for the reader who can't help responding to Don's comedic behavior…We can only hope the third installment is lurking around to produce another chuckle-filled triumph.”
—Daphne Guinness, Sydney Morning Herald
Praise for The Rosie Project
“Sometimes you just need a smart love story that will make anyone, man or woman, laugh out loud.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“Move over, Sheldon Cooper. There’s a new brilliant, socially inept scientist poised to win over a huge audience, and his name is Don Tillman, in The Rosie Project. . . .This rom-com is bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and intentional humor.” (A–)
“An utterly winning screwball comedy. . . . If you’re looking for sparkling entertainment along the lines of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and When Harry Met Sally, The Rosie Project is this season’s fix. . . . This charming, warmhearted escapade, which celebrates the havoc—and pleasure—emotions can unleash, offers amusement aplenty. Sharp dialogue, terrific pacing, physical hijinks, slapstick, a couple to root for, and more twists than a pack of Twizzlers—it’s no surprise that The Rosie Project is bound for the big screen. But read it first.”
“Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in.”
“Simsion’s attention to detail brings to life Don’s wonderful, weird world. Instead of using Don’s Asperger’s syndrome as a fault, or a lead-in to a tragic turn of events, Simsion creates a heartwarming story of an extraordinary man learning to live in an ordinary world, and to love. As Don would say, this book is ‘great fun.’”
“It’s natural to be wary of a novel that’s been the target of such gushy praise. Publishers in at least thirty-eight countries have snapped up the rights to The Rosie Project, which has been touted as a ‘publishing phenomenon,’ an ‘international sensation’ and no less than ‘the feel-good hit of 2013.’ Well, squelch your inner cynic: the hype is justified. Australian Graeme Simsion has written a genuinely funny novel. . . . This is classic rom-com.”
—The Washington Post
About the Author
Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant and the author of two nonfiction books on database design who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn his hand to fiction. His first novel, The Rosie Project, was published in 2013 and translation rights have been sold in over thirty-five languages. Graeme lives in Australia with his wife, Anne, and their two children.
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That she does not make life easier for Don, becomes rather blatant, and she prefers the wall of silence, to communication. I wonder how their marriage will turn out. Of course, Don has secrets, and while they are secrets in good intent, they are secrets nonetheless.
I gave it a three star, only because of the somewhat cheesy and unbelievable ending, with him tracking her down to her plane. But, this a romantic comedy, in a way. Am I being too harsh?
As with the first installment, something in me rebels at the very idea of Rosie. The writing is fluent and witty, even the character of Don hasn't made me slam the book and run for a safe place (though, the scene where he actually fights 2 NYC police officers made it a close one, and when he gets his friend to impersonate his wife for a hostile social worker I had smoke coming out of my ears).
Rosie and the writer's insistence on making her into a special snowflake that only someone as 'special' as Don would appreciate made me very thoughtful. It's obvious to me that as a female reader, I don't hate an actual woman here. I hate something that the writer imagined to be a woman. With daddy issues so textbook that they do not, in fact, exist. I am expecting negative (or at least no positive) votes for my review. But when an author gives me a character as original and amusing as Don as a male lead and then slaps together a Rosie for his partner, out of all the Friendzone-tastic experiences of his life, I will not and cannot fully like his creation.
In short it is a good book worth the read. On the side it is also very much on the nose when it discusses the problems of clinical studies and how biases contaminate them, but definitely read the The Rosie Project first or you won't appreciate the characters as much and you might get a little lost on who is who.
As usual, Don's quirks make it difficult for people to understand what he is doing sometimes and it can really get him into trouble. He is working as a professor at Columbia where Rosie is studying and they are both working as bartenders part-time because Rosie feels that she needs to contribute to their income in some way.
When Rosie presents a new twist to Don's life he does everything that he usually does to learn more even though he has really been caught by surprise. He searches the internet, he reads books, he attends a class, goes to a therapist, and seeks advice from his friends. who has grown in number. But despite his efforts, his quirks and bumbling efforts to be accepting might be the very things that cause him to lose what he loves the most - the perfect woman, Rosie.
The book was well written with characters that you love. It is obvious that Simsion has real knowledge of how some of our brightest people have quirks and think outside the box. I certainly hope that I will be reading more about Don Tillman in a third novel!