Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel
"Khong is a magician, and we are lucky to fall under her spell at the very beginning of her brilliant writing life." ―Lauren Groff“This novel sneaks up on you ― just like life . . . and heartbreak. And love.”―Miranda JulyHer life at a crossroads, a young woman goes home again in this funny and... show more
"Khong is a magician, and we are lucky to fall under her spell at the very beginning of her brilliant writing life." ―Lauren Groff“This novel sneaks up on you ― just like life . . . and heartbreak. And love.”―Miranda JulyHer 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.
Publish date: 2017-07-11
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
This is a SVR 2018 book. A copy was available on Overdrive, and I needed a desk book. I kept getting pulled out of the story at the beginning because I kept having to Google things. Can people who are allergic to NSAIDs take aspirin? What is the difference between lo mein and chow mein? But on...
This novel was not what I expected. I was expecting a light read but this novel lead me down some roads I wasn’t expecting. The novel centers around Ruth who has returned home and then decides to stay just one year to help take care of her father. She stresses many times in the novel, the length of ...
An entertaining, poignant, funny debut told from the perspective of Ruth whose father is suffering from Alzheimer's. Ruth's mother has all but given up as she just can't take it anymore and her brother is still away for college, absolutely no help. So, Ruth, who is suffering from an emotional break ...