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"I spent all day in bed with this book and it was like having a beautiful, otherwordly cat deign to sit in my lap for hours. At times her prose is elusive and evocative; other times it is right up in your face, daring you to flinch. How do you forgive a father who no longer remembers his trespasses? How can you protect a mother who blames herself (too many home-cooked meals in aluminum pans) for her husband's Alzheimer's? How can you be a better daughter, a better person, when your life falls apart at 30? Khong and her magical debut give the answer in its only satisfying iteration: You just do, you just can, you just are." --Lillian— From Our Favorite Books of 2017
Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, O, The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, San Francisco Chronicle, 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 fianc 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.