Why do we “neurotypicals” find Don Tillman so endearingly fascinating? There’s something very compelling about a person who faces life problems with a guileless rationality. What’s also important is that in this cynical, wicked world of ours, Don is always concerned to act ethically, for individual and greater good.
In this novel he applies his problem-solving skills to his son Hudson, who is having a hard time at school. The school wants Hudson to be tested for autism, so Rosie and Don embark on a mission to discover whether this is wise. This is one of the themes of the novel: should people on the spectrum be trained to fit in, or should society be more accepting of difference? Don reflects a lot on his own upbringing. Then there’s the issue of Rosie’s research work: should she go part or full time? After an unfortunate incident at a university lecture, Don is pilloried for political incorrectness re race. (Thus making PC-ness v free speech another issue.) With typical Tillman logic, Don decides to quit work, devote his time to Hudson (thus allowing Rosie to work full time) and leverage his cocktail-making skills into a bar to bring in money. Hudson de-glitches the drink-ordering app Don devises. With the flair we’ve come to expect from Simsion, these and other issues are parlayed into a funny, uplifting, thoughtful novel that you just love to read, and that will surely be as successful as the other Rosie stories. Just dive in.
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Text Publishing (5 February 2019)
- ISBN-10: 1925773477
- ISBN-13: 978-1925773477
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.8 x 23.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 481 g
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)