Reading Roundup: Marshall Evening Book Club Enjoys The Rosie Project
Summer brings lighter reads for the Marshall Evening Book club and a much anticipated picnic at its August meeting.
The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion, was this year’s picnic selection and it did not disappoint. Professor Don Tillman’s “wife project” begins with a sixteen-page survey in an effort to find his perfect life partner. Drinkers, smokers and late arrivers are immediately excluded. Along the way he meets Rosie, a totally unsuitable candidate for his project, but he finds her strangely interesting. As a DNA expert he volunteers to help Rosie in her search for her biological father. That venture in itself results in some hilarious interactions between Rosie, Don and the possible fathers while drawing the two misfits in to a surprising romantic relationship.
Vicky summarized the book group’s response by saying, “Yes, this is a frothy rom-com that is perfect for summer reading, but there’s more to “The Rosie Project” than giggles. The mystery of Rosie’s parentage is well done, and each character is distinctive, believable and memorable. The protagonist, Don, is not a stick figure of quirks, or a stereotype of Asperger’s, but a remarkably thoughtful, kind-hearted, determined person. In fact, he’s the most self-aware, and the least selfish, person in the book. His assessments are unsentimental and unsparing, but he doesn’t wield them like a knife. And in the end, well, what has Rosie really learned, about herself or others, from the search for her genetic father?
While the quirks and mishaps were fun, we felt that they really couldn’t sustain a sequel, The Rosie Effect, but we could definitely see these books becoming a terrific movie!”
The Marshall Evening Book Club meets on the last Monday of the month at 7:00. Come join us!
Deborah, Branch Manager, John Marshall branch library