Graeme Simsion delivers yet another lovable but simple chapter in the story of Don Tilman, our favourite un-diagnosed autistic character. The last book left us with Don grappling impending fatherhood. This book is set eleven years later, when his son Hudson is exhibiting some of the same behaviours as he does – he has difficulty making friends, understanding certain social cues and managing the world of school.
So Don decides he must do what his father attempted to do for him – to teach him those things that don’t come naturally. He doesn’t want the things that happened – and in some ways are still happening – to him, to happen to Hudson.
This turns their lives upside down as he quits his job in genetics and finally begins a bar. Rosie is facing her own challenges balancing parenting Hudson, and offering him the support and understanding he needs.
But Hudson may have some difficulties – but also a lot of capabilities that become more and more obvious as the story progresses.
I enjoyed this as a “holiday read” (seem to be definitely in the mindspace for this) and more so that the ast installment. The addition of Hudson to the storyline allows for more exploration of Don’s backstory and makes the discussion of his possibly-autistic tendencies more rich and intricate. Rosie doesn’t have much to do in this story though – which is a bit of a shame. Very much a father-son act, but fans will certainly not be disappointed here.