Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong: an uncommon novel

Summary

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.

Taken from the publisher’s website: https://us.macmillan.com/

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Why should you read this book?

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong was named Best Book of the Year by NPR, The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, The Independent and Huffington post. It was also the Winner of the California Book Award for First Fiction. Needless to say I was pretty excited to read this book. Besides, look at this amazing book cover design!!

Khong’s debut novel delves into the world of Alzheimer and its complexities. After being left by her fiancé, Ruth quits her job and moves back to her parents’ house for a year. The situation is more complicated than she had imagined so she decides to help and assist her family.

Before diving into this one, the adjectives ‘comic’ and ‘funny’ kept popping up in several reviews. I laughed a few times but I wouldn’t describe this book as comic or funny. It’s definitely a pleasurable read with some tender and witty moments. But it can also be deep and sad.  I really liked how this novel was so uncommon. It’s displayed in the form of a diary (sort of) and, although there’s a common thread, some pages are about random and casual incidents.

I’d like to thank @henryholtbooks for the free copy. You can buy it here.

“It was grotesque, the way I kept trying to save that relationship. Like trying to tuck an elephant into pants.”

Book Details:

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company (Macmillan)
Published on: July 2017
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
Price: $26.00

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