Goodbye, Vitamin

Goodbye, Vitamin

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, O, The Oprah Magazine , Vogue , San Francisco Chronicl e, Esquire , Huffington Post , Nylon , Entertainment Weekly , Buzzfeed , Booklist , and The Independent

Winner of the California Book Award for First Fiction
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist for First Fiction

"A quietly brilliant disquisition . . . 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."-- Doree Shafrir, The New York Times Book Review

"One of those rare books that is both devastating and light-hearted , heartful and joyful . . . . Don't miss it ."-- Buzzfeed

"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 fiancé 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.
ISBN: 9781250109163
Branch Call Number: FICTION KHO


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Jessica_c Dec 22, 2017

A young woman moves home to help her mother care of her father, who has worsening dementia. A heartfelt and realistic novel told through journal entries.

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May 29, 2018

This book really stayed with me after I finished it. Khong's prose gives life to every day activities. It's not just a book about Alzheimer's--it's a book about life. It's about how we think of ourselves, our parents, our friends. The book is funny, vibrant, and I think it really stuck with me since the style reflects how I think. It's a quick read, and I'd definitely recommend this book.

Jan 11, 2018

Goodbye Vitamin explores a very particular stage in life - when children become caretakers for their parents. It is written with heart and insight; and doesn't shy away from the difficult realities of a disease such as Alzheimer's. A quick read, coming in under 200 pages, but packs an emotional punch.

Jan 10, 2018

#7 on Entertainment Weekly's Best Books of 2017

LPL_KateG Dec 11, 2017

This book packs quite a bit of feels into fewer than 200pgs. The protagonist, Ruth, leaves her job and apartment to move in with her parents temporarily after her dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She’s there to help her mom cope, to keep an eye on her dad, and to recover from a devastating breakup. All of that sounds like a big bummer -- which it is -- BUT Ruth is also funny and sweet and awkward, and all of these factors combine to create a very charming, touching book.

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.

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.

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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