Goodbye, Vitamin

Goodbye, Vitamin

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Told in a diary format over the year that Ruth spends at home, Goodbye, Vitamin is a quietly brilliant disquisition on family relationships and adulthood, told in prose that is so startling in its spare beauty that I found myself thinking about Khong's turns of phrase for days after I finished reading." -The New York Times Book Review

"Heartwarming. . .Endearingly quirky. . . Goodbye, Vitamin is filled with whimsical observations, oddball facts. . . [and] some passages evoke the wonderful offbeat sensibility of Ali Smith. . . .Sweet? Yes. Sugarcoated? Perhaps. Saccharine or cloying? Not to me. Hello, Rachel Khong. Kudos for this delectable take on familial devotion and dementia." - NPR

Her life at a crossroads, a young woman goes home again in this funny and inescapably moving debut from a wonderfully original new literary voice.

Freshly disengaged from her fianc#65533; and feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-year-old Ruth quits her job, leaves town and arrives at her parents' home to find that situation more complicated than she'd realized. Her father, a prominent history professor, is losing his memory and is only erratically lucid. Ruth's mother, meanwhile, is lucidly erratic. But as Ruth's father's condition intensifies, the comedy in her situation takes hold, gently transforming her all her grief.
Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humor, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one's footing in this life.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250109163
1250109167
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 196 pages ; 22 cm

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maybaby
Oct 14, 2017

I was worried this was going to be a "One True Thing" knock off. It wasn't. It was an engaging, quick read. There was one error...the author need to fact check coral...ugh, simple two click internet search would have corrected the glaring error in the book regarding the coral.

Cynthia_N Oct 12, 2017

Ruth moves home for a year to help her mother care for her father who has Alzheimer's. A very touching story.

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elizali
Oct 02, 2017

Khong's style is beautiful and approachable. Heartily recommend. This is a book about crisis in general, with no subdivision on age. Remembrance is such a fickle topic and Khong approaches with grace and ease.

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bookycakes
Aug 07, 2017

I am not yet to the point in my life where a 30 year old's midlife crisis is entertaining. Instead, it's only a little bit sad and a little bit disconcerting because it seems so easy to slip into. While the novel was funny at times, the diary format was not really my taste- very little dialogue and lots of narrative about daily activities of life. Simply not my taste. The writing wasn't bad, and I imagine that if you are past 30 and feel secure in your life's position, this would be hilarious and a great story.

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