Until a year ago, forty-one-year-old geneticist Don Tillman had never had a second date. Until he met Rosie, 'the world's most incompatible woman'. Now, living in New York City, they have survived ten months and ten days of marriage.
But though Rosie has taught him the joys of unscheduled sex and spontaneous meal planning, life is still not plain sailing for Don. Not least with the sudden arrival of his best friend Gene, serial philanderer, who takes up residence on their sofa.
Then Rosie drops the mother of all bombshells. And soon Don must face her hormonally induced irrational behaviour as he prepares for the biggest challenge of his previously ordered life - at the same time as dodging deportation, prosecution and professional disgrace.
Is Don Tillman ready to become the man he always dreamed of being? Or will he revert to his old ways and risk losing Rosie forever?
The Rosie Effect is the much anticipated sequel to Graeme Simsion's excellent The Rosie Project, and I can tell you that it's just as good! It's published in the UK tomorrow (25th September) by Michael Joseph, and I'm really excited to be a part of this blog tour. I know loads of people love Don Tillman, and I hope you do too!
Don Tillman’s five favourite New York locationsby Graeme Simsion
In The Rosie Project, I sent Don and Rosie away from Melbourne to allow Don to reinvent himself. New York City was an obvious choice: it’s the home of romantic comedy, Notting Hill notwithstanding, and I know it reasonably well. Having left Don and Rosie there at the end of the story, it was natural to leave them there for The Rosie Effect.
Several New York locations feature in the Don and Rosie story. Here are five that I appreciate almost as much as Don.
1. The Museum of Natural History. I was asked on a radio program to name my favourite place in the US. ‘New York’ was not precise enough, and, under pressure, I nominated the Natural History Museum. My interviewer then followed up with a series of questions as to why, and I found myself channelling Don Tillman – giving the answers that he would. Afterwards, I realised that my own answers would have been little different. A ‘must visit’.
2. Momofuku Ko. This famous restaurant doesn’t need any recommendation from me. Just be prepared to emulate Don’s efforts to book a table.
3. Arturo’s. Old school coal-oven pizza in the West Village. Live jazz some nights, and great pizza every night. The Comedy Cellar is just across the road – a good combination for the visitor.
4. Flatiron Bar on West 19th Street. It’s quite a bit like the bar where Don and Rosie work, without the disrupting influence of Wineman. A great place for a drink while you’re waiting for a table at Boqueria tapas bar a few doors down or ABC Cocina (a slightly longer stroll).
5. The Hudson Parkway. A walking and bike track along the West Side of Manhattan – Don’s route from home to Columbia University. New York has become way more cyclist friendly and it’s reasonably straightforward for visitors to rent bicycles.
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion is published by Michael Joseph on 25th September, £14.99 hardback. Available for pre-order here!
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The Rosie Effect blog tour continues tomorrow over on Chick Lit Chloe.