If you are one of the 10 Australian adults who missed rom-com The Rosie Project in 2013, get cracking because you need to read the follow-up book: The Rosie Effect.
Is there a more perfectly formulated character in recent contemporary Australian literature than Don Tillman?
Graeme Simsion went back to school to study creative writing and film after a successful business career. He obviously paid attention in class and nailed characterisation. His tight ensemble is rolled out again for this book where he gives the ultimate masterclass.
We meet Don and Rosie in New York, ten months into married life. Don has to navigate a new city, new job and married life. Rosie is completing a PhD and a medical degree. Throw a pregnancy into the midst, a handful of new characters as foils to Don and Rosie and bingo ... we have a second story.
The novel is longer then the first and perhaps has a twist or two too many. A couple of chapters could have been culled as I found myself a little distracted two-thirds in. A minor quibble.
Simsion is generous in interviews about his writing techniques and tight structure. His discipline shows in character, plot and structure so pay attention wanna-be writers! I'm so pleased he has achieved international success with his own Rosie Projects.
I think Graeme Simsion is a mighty talent. I'm really looking forward to seeing how he can parlay his writing skills and experience into new stories.
Bring on the next project!
The Blurb from Text
‘We’ve got something to celebrate,’ Rosie said.
I am not fond of surprises, especially if they disrupt plans already in place. I assumed that she had achieved some important milestone with her thesis. Or perhaps she had been offered a place in the psychiatry-training programme. This would be extremely good news, and I estimated the probability of sex at greater than 80%.
‘We’re pregnant,’ she said.
The Rosie Project was an international publishing phenomenon, with more than a million copies sold in over forty countries around the world. Now Graeme Simsion returns with the highly anticipated sequel, The Rosie Effect.
Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are now married and living in New York. Don has been teaching while Rosie completes her second year at Columbia Medical School. Just as Don is about to announce that Gene, his philandering best friend from Australia, is coming to stay, Rosie drops a bombshell: she’s pregnant.
In true Tillman style, Don instantly becomes an expert on all things obstetric. But in between immersing himself in a new research study on parenting and implementing the Standardised Meal System (pregnancy version), Don’s old weaknesses resurface. And while he strives to get the technicalities right, he gets the emotions all wrong, and risks losing Rosie when she needs him most.
The Rosie Effect is the charming and hilarious romantic comedy of the year.
Interview and Review: The Independent, UK
Wheeler Centre Interview for The Rosie Project