“If we are happy within ourselves, we don’t accept or demand that our partner should fulfill every need. We need to be comfortable with our own company.”
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion explores the romantic and comedic errors of a man with undiagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome, Don Tillson, as he looks for a wife. As a professor of genetics, Don lives an orderly, predictable life in a protected academic setting. Trouble ensues when he decides that he is ready to find his life’s partner. Set in Melbourne, Australia and New York City, the novel is told in the first person from Don’s perspective.
Don decides that it is time for him to get married, so he organizes the Wife Project. He develops a stringent and detailed 16-page questionnaire to weed out all of the inappropriate and unqualified women. He hopes this process will identify a select pool of perfect candidates from which he can choose a partner.