Oh my, I loved this book! Written from the perspective of Don a genetics professor, we join him as he creates and trials the ‘Wife Project’ his plan to find a wife by a strict selection process involving a detailed questionnaire (no smokers, drinkers or vegetarians allowed!). Then along comes Rosie a drinking, smoking, straight-talking barmaid who wants Dons help with finding out the identity of her father. Safe to say they change each others lives forever.
There are many things I liked about this book, including the exploration of finding an ‘ideal’ partner, of marriage (and its importance or not) and how different people convey emotions. One of my favourite aspects of the book was that although it is never said outright it’s heavily implied that Don is autistic and Graeme Simsion writes this detailed, complex character beautifully. Don is not a typical leading man, nor Rosie a stereotypical leading lady and this is not a typical love story.