Meet Don Tillman, hero of Graeme Simsion’s new novel “The Rosie Project.” Don Tillman is a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman is all these things.
She also is strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent. And while Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, as a DNA expert Don is particularly suited to help Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on the Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you. Graeme Simsion is author of screenplays, short stories, novels and a couple of short plays and an occasional producer of films – primarily those for which he is screenwriter. He is a former IT specialist (data modeling) and founder of a business and IT consultancy. He helped establish two other businesses: Roy’s Antiques and Pinot Now. He is the husband of Anne Buist, father of two, and resident of Fitzroy (Melbourne) Australia. Graeme Simsion will read from and sign copies of “The Rosie Project” at The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City on Saturday.