25 September 2014
Blog Tour: Book Extract - The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
You can buy The Rosie Effect as a hardback or an eBook now!
Orange juice was not scheduled for Fridays. Although Rosie and I had abandoned the Standardised Meal System, resulting in an improvement in ‘spontaneity’ at the expense of shopping time, food inventory and wastage, we had agreed that each week should include three alcohol-free days. Without formal scheduling, this target proved difficult to achieve, as I had predicted. Rosie eventually saw the logic of my solution.
Fridays and Saturdays were obvious days on which to consume alcohol. Neither of us had classes on the weekend. We could sleep late and possibly have sex.
Sex was absolutely not allowed to be scheduled, at least not by explicit discussion, but I had become familiar with the sequence of events likely to precipitate it: a blueberry muffin from Blue Sky Bakery, a triple shot of espresso from Otha’s, removal of my shirt, and my impersonation of Gregory Peck in the role of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. I had learned not to do all four in the same sequence on every occasion, as my intention would then be obvious. To provide an element of unpredictability, I settled on tossing a coin twice to select a component of the routine to delete.
I had placed a bottle of Elk Cove pinot gris in the refrigerator to accompany the divers’ scallops purchased that morning at Chelsea Market, but when I returned after retrieving our laundry from the basement, there were two glasses of orange juice on the table. Orange juice was not compatible with the wine. Drinking it first would desensitise our tastebuds to the slight residual sugar that was a feature of the pinot gris, thus creating an impression of sourness. Waiting until after we had finished the wine would also be unacceptable. Orange juice deteriorates rapidly – hence the emphasis placed by breakfast establishments on ‘freshly squeezed’.
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion is published today by Michael Joseph, £14.99 hardback!
You can read more of the extract here: http://penguinblog.co.uk/2014/08/06/exclusive-read-an-extract-from-graeme-simsions-the-rosie-effect/
And buy a copy of the book here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rosie-Effect-Graeme-Simsion/dp/0718179471/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411467840&sr=1-1&keywords=the+rosie+effect
The blog tour continues tomorrow at Novelicious: http://www.novelicious.com/