Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
A Novel

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It doesn’t exactly seem like a recipe for a darkly comic yet heartfelt novel, but that’s exactly what “Goodbye, Vitamin” is.
-NY Times

Synopsis

“Tonight a man found Dad’s pants in a tree…” So begins this funny and inescapably touching debut from a wonderfully original new literary voice.

“This novel sneaks up on you — just like life . . . and heartbreak. And love.”—Miranda July

The pants belong to Howard Young, a prominent history professor, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Howard’s wife, Annie, summons their daughter, Ruth. 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 and arrives home to find the situation more complicated than she realized. Her father is erratically lucid, her mother lucidly erratic. But as Howard’s condition intensifies, the comedy in Ruth’s situation takes hold, gently transforming the family’s grief into tenderness.

Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humor, and unexpected compassion, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one’s footing in this life.

 

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Published July 11, 2017 by Henry Holt and Co.. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on May 02 2017

Khong’s pithy observations and cynical humor round out a moving story that sparks empathy where you’d least expect it.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Jul 12 2017

Sweet? Yes. Sugarcoated? Perhaps. Saccharine or cloying? Not to me. Hello, Rachel Khong. Kudos for this delectable take on familial devotion and dementia.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Doree Shafrir on Jul 28 2017

It doesn’t exactly seem like a recipe for a darkly comic yet heartfelt novel, but that’s exactly what “Goodbye, Vitamin” is.

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