A highly anticipated sequel and two promising debut novels are on sale in paperback today:
The Rosie Effect
By Graeme Simsion
Simon & Schuster • $15.95 • ISBN 9781476767321
This sequel to Simsion's 2013 hit The Rosie Project (which is set to be adapted to film with Jennifer Lawrence in the starring role) follows odd couple Rosie and Don to New York City as they begin married life—and await the birth of their first child. This winning look at the anxieties of fatherhood was the BookPage Top Pick in fiction in January when it was released in hardcover.
The Story of Land and Sea
By Katy Simpson Smith
Harper Perennial • $15.99 • ISBN 9780062335951
Smith's powerful and poetic debut, set in the South during the Revolutionary War era, drew considerable critical acclaim when it was published in hardcover last year. The paperback includes an essay by the author about the novel's origins and her research into 18th-century events and figures.
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
By Amy E. Reichert
Gallery • $16 • ISBN 9781501100710
What happens when a talented Milwaukee chef finds herself falling for the very reviewer who skewered her restaurant? In this paperback original, Reichert cooks up a tasty mix of comedy and romance as the two take the first steps toward an unlikely relationshlp. The book includes a readers group guide—and a recipe for coconut cake.
Readers worldwide fell in love with Australian novelist Graeme Simsion's debut, The Rosie Project, when it was published last fall. A sparkling romantic comedy, the book charted the love affair between a rule-following genetics professor and an unconventional young woman.
Those looking for a similarly heartwarming and hilarious book, read on!
Though Simsion never states it explicitly, it seems obvious that Don is somewhere on the autism spectrum. Those who enjoyed the resulting narrative voice should pick up The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which is told from the point of view of a 15-year-old boy, Christopher, who is an autistic savant and a math genius. His story of solving the murder of his neighbor's dog, Wellington, tickles both the funny bone and the heart.
If the "opposites attract" trope was the thrill for you, don't miss Delicacy. This French bestseller, which became a movie starring Audrey Tatou, follows a beautiful young widow's unconventional path to love with her oddball coworker, Markus.
A scientific-minded soul also stars in Moriarty's 2012 release—but this time, it's a woman. A hypnotherapist, Ellen is 35 and tired of dead-end relationships. When she meets Patrick, everything feels right, until she learns that his ex, Saskia, is stalking him. But even that doesn't put Ellen off; as someone who works in the darker corners of people's minds, she becomes fascinated by Saskia. Little does she know that Saskia is already including Ellen in her surveilance.
So you say that Simsion's healthy dose of humor floated your boat: How about trying SNL writer Simon Rich's What in God's Name? This good-natured satire follows an angel tasked with getting two fumbling 20-somethings together, and finding the road to happiness much rockier than he anticipated.
Science and romance also collide in Netzer's quirky second novel. George and Irene are soul mates—their parents ensured it by having them be born at the same time and place. But they're also, as our reviewer succinctly describes it, "weirdos." But can astrophysicist Irene, who doesn't really believe in love, ever really fit in with diehard romantic George? Readers will have fun finding out.
A quirky cast and a high-concept plot also power the second adult novel from YA writer Rowell. TV writer Georgie has made a decision that just might be the end of her troubled marriage—and then she discovers a way to get through to the man she married. The actual man she married, that is: The phone dials through time nearly 20 years to let Georgie talk to the college-aged Neal she fell in love with. Will this be a way back to happiness for Georgie? Or will it end her relationship once and for all?
What books would you recommend to a Rosie Project fan? Tell us in the comments!
Debut author Graeme Simsion had a surprise bestseller on his hands last fall with The Rosie Project. On December 30, the Australian author returns with a sequel that promises to be every bit as charming: The Rosie Effect (S&S). Don and Rosie, now married, are living in New York City. Don is pleased with the success of the Wife Project, but now he's about to embark on the Father Project—Rosie is pregnant. But is he too wrapped up in learning how to be a dad and in sorting out his best friend Gene's tumultuous love life to notice that Rosie needs him, too?
Did you read The Rosie Project? Looking forward to this sequel?
Australian Graeme Simsion has hit it out of the park with his first novel, The Rosie Project. The hilarious and endearing tale follows genetics professor Don Tillman—who's brilliant but socially awkward—as his scientific quest to find a wife is sidetracked by the gorgeous and free-spirited Rosie. Our reviewer declares the book to be "a wacky, wonderful love story that is just plain fun to read." (Read the full review here.)
We were curious about the books Simsion has been reading lately, so we asked him to recommend three recent favorites:
THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
By Matthew Quick
I was sent an advance copy of Matthew Quick’s Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock to review and enjoyed it so much (despite not being a “young adult”) that I grabbed a copy of The Silver Linings Playbook. I love and envy Mr. Quick’s ability to make even his most minor characters real, original and sympathetic.
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GOODBYE FOR NOW
By Laurie Frankel
Another advance copy—we authors have our reading chosen for us! An original idea that appealed to my information technology background, and didn’t stretch my credulity so far that I lost interest. A light read, but some big topics to reflect upon later.
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THE CHEEKY MONKEY
By Tim Ferguson
I read a lot of nonfiction, especially about writing craft. Tim Ferguson was my comedy teacher, and the best I know at explaining how comedy works. He told me to make 'em laugh, make 'em cry, make 'em think. It’s a great motto for writing.
What do you think, readers? Will you be checking out The Rosie Project or any of Simsion's recommended books?
Australian author Graeme Simsion’s debut novel, The Rosie Project, is an endearing, unconventional love story filled with off-kilter humor. Don Tillman is a 39-year-old genetics professor and scientist obsessed with life’s little details. All meals are pre-planned and perfectly portioned, each day is precisely scheduled and logic always comes first.
When he decides it’s time to start looking for “the one,” he draws up a hilariously rigid 16-page questionnaire and sets off to find his most compatible match. Instead, he meets Rosie Jarman, a beautiful bartender who chain smokes and never seems to arrive anywhere on time. She needs to find her biological father, and when Don agrees to help, he suddenly finds himself breaking his own rules and developing a very illogical attraction.
Watch the quirky trailer here:
What do you think readers? Will you be picking up a copy of The Rosie Project?