An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.
Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.
Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.
"Our Simon & Schuster sales rep handed me an advance readers copy of The Rosie Project. 'I laughed out loud,' she said, 'you have to read this book!' So I read it, and laughed out loud, and got a little teary, and enjoyed myself immensely. Don is a geneticist with little in the way of social skills or empathy -- his internal dialogue is captivating and revealing, and gives the reader a much better handle on his emotions (and his place on the Autism spectrum) than he has himself. Don's attempt to find the perfect mate by means of the scientific method are sidelined by Rosie and her quest for her biological father. Rosie is NOT the perfect mate (according to all of Don's assumptions), but she just may be his true love. From a catastrophic first date to a transformative trip to New York City, Rosie and Don find ways to be just what the other didn't know they needed! The Rosie Project is a singular romantic comedy, sparingly written and hard to put down."