This book is delightful! Don, a genetics professor with Asperger’s, has decided that he is ready to find his life partner. In his structured, rigid world, this seems to be his next step. He decides to go about this in the logical way in which he goes about everything — by creating the Wife Project, for which he develops a questionnaire. In the course of this search, he comes upon Rosie, who he eliminates from Day 1 because she does not make the cut (too many wrong answers!). However, when Rosie asks for help with her own quest, Don gets drawn in, in spite of himself.
Don’s story is also told with great humor and tenderness. One can see how even with his rituals and his need for logic, he struggles with his own emotionality and how while emotions are not logical, they are still a part of him. And the irony is that he is probably more similar to others than different in this regard.
It is an interesting commentary on human behavior, what is considered “normal” and what is really and truly abnormal. It is also a really, really fun book to read!