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Literature / The Rosie Project

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The Rosie Project is a 2013 novel by Graeme Simsion revolving around the fastidious geneticist Dr. Donald "Don" Tillman and his attempts to find a partner with the help of "The Wife Project." As he seeks a potential wife, Don meets Rosie Jarman, a free-spirited barmaid, who is trying to discover the identity of her absentee father. Hilarity Ensues.

A sequel, The Rosie Effect was released in 2014. Sony Pictures has optioned the adaptation rights of the novel, although nothing else is known of the project.



  • Badass Bookworm: Don is a genetics professor who knows aikido and karate. He was able to disable two bouncers at a restaurant after a debate regarding his not wearing a suit jacket.
  • Beta Couple: Don's friends, Gene and Claudia. An interesting example in that their relationship has its own share of problems wholly unrelated to those of Don and Rosie.
  • Gene Hunting: The Father Project is intended to find Rosie's biological father by DNA testing all the men her mother could've slept with. It turns out to have been Phil, the man who raised her, all along.
  • The Casanova: Gene wants to sleep with at least one woman from every country. He keeps track using a map in his office.
  • The Comically Serious: Don has trouble understanding sarcasm or making jokes, and his literal-minded approach leads to humorous situations.
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  • Deadpan Snarker: Rosie.
  • No Sense of Humor: Don.


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