Goodbye, Vitamin

Goodbye, Vitamin

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Ruth is thirty and her life is falling apart: she and her fiance are moving house, but he's moving out to live with another woman; her career is going nowhere; and then she learns that her father, a history professor beloved by his students, has Alzheimer's. At Christmas, her mother begs her to stay on and help. For a year. Goodbye, Vitamin is the wry, beautifully observed story of a woman at a crossroads, as Ruth and her friends attempt to shore up her father's career; she and her mother obsess over the ambiguous health benefits - in the absence of a cure - of dried jellyfish supplements and vitamin pills; and they all try to forge a new relationship with the brilliant, childlike, irascible man her father has become.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 27mm | 340g
  • Scribner UK
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1471147231
  • 9781471147234
  • 89,370

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'A deft, funny and very moving account of all kinds of loss' * The Big Issue * 'Nuanced exploration of family love and remembrance...A contemporary take on the coming-of-age tale...It's sweet without being saccharine, and moving without feeling depressed.' * Refinery29 * 'A tragi-comic story about holding a family together when life wants to break them apart and finding yourself when you thought you were completely lost. I absolutely loved this book' * RED * 'Funny and tragic, heart-breaking and life-affirming, it reminds you that in the end, that's all there is - countless passing moments' * Grazia * 'There's beauty, humour and absurdity in even the most tragic situation as Rachel Khong demonstrates in Goodbye, Vitamin' * Good Housekeeping * 'Rachel Khong's Goodbye, Vitamin is the best of these debuts, conversational and light in tone, but heartbreakingly clear-eyed as well ... Khong manages to imbue seemingly mundane topics with charm and pathos through her attentive, humorous and personable writing' * Spectator * 'A beautifully written coming-of-age debut, dreamy and funny . . . flawless' * Independent * 'Mostly this sweet-natured novel is about Ruth's attempts to come to terms with a past her father can no longer remember while still attending to the quirky, fleeting joys of the present. "Here I am, in lieu of you," she writes, "collecting the moments"' -- Sam Sacks, 'Best New Fiction' * Wall Street Journal * 'A deceptively complex tale of dementia and its impact on a family... Like a chain of fairy lights in the darkness, with Khong displaying a deep understanding of the way in which memory humanises and connects us individually communally - and without which all becomes chaos' -- Catherine Taylor, Financial Times 'Brilliant disquisition on family, relationships and adulthood, 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, New York Review of Books
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About Rachel Khong

Rachel Khong studied at Yale and the University of Florida. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, The Believer, Pitchfork and Village Voice. In 2013, she was named one of Refinery29's 30 under 30. Goodbye, Vitamin is her first novel.
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Rating details

19,723 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 21% (4,147)
4 41% (8,021)
3 29% (5,801)
2 7% (1,436)
1 2% (318)
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