When readers last saw the brilliant and socially clueless geneticist, he and wife Rosie had just become parents. Now they've relocated back to Melbourne, Australia, from New York, but the move brings disaster. Rosie lands her dream job but faces sex discrimination in the workplace. Eleven-year-old Hudson acts out at his new school, leading teachers to suggest an autism screening. In a parent-child parallel, Don's superiors urge him to pursue his own diagnosis as protection from accusations of racism following the so-called Genetics Lecture Outrage. Ever the pragmatist, Don sets out to rescue his family's plummeting life-contentment graph trajectory. All he has to do is teach Hudson everything he knows about life, open a sensory-friendly cocktail bar and not start trouble. What could possibly go wrong?
Simsion returns to comic form seamlessly, pitting Don against his greatest challenge: parenting. Hudson is Don in miniature with a double helping of Rosie's sass, and whether the two are butting heads or joining forces, hilarity ensues. However, Simsion also works in a plethora of social commentary as seen through the lens of Don's distinctive logic. While familiarity with the previous books will yield best results, newcomers should have no trouble following the action. A meditation on parenting in our times, an indictment of discrimination and a fond farewell to a one-of-a-kind character, The Rosie Result will make readers fall in love with the series all over again. --Jaclyn Fulwood, blogger at Infinite Reads