Book review: The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

Incredible! The Rosie Effect is just as clever, well-written and laugh-out-loud funny as The Rosie Project. Don and Rosie are now living in New York and they’re pregnant (a formulation, Don points out, that contradicts basic biology and implies his state has somehow changed as well as Rosie’s). As if marriage wasn’t complex enough! On the journey to fatherhood, Don faces a series of hilarious disasters that could lead to prosecution, deportation, and being banned from contact with his child. Worst of all, he might lose Rosie.

Our favourite characters, including Gene the philandering geneticist and Dave the loveable baseball fan, return in The Rosie Effect. We are also introduced to some wonderfully quirky new characters such as George the rock star and his wayward son; and Dave’s wife, Sonia, who pretends to be Rosie to help Don out of trouble with a social worker but, of course, only gets him into more trouble.

Both heart-wrenching and heart-warming, The Rosie Effect is an extraordinarily moving and hilarious novel.

My favourite line: ‘A society of Don Tillmans would be efficient, safe and pleasant for us all’.

The Rosie Effect

Cover design by W.H. Chong

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