Review: GOODBYE, VITAMIN By Rachel Khong

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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.

“What imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers. That the reasons we can care for one another can have nothing to do with the person cared for. That it has only to do with who we were around that person—what we felt about that person.”

My Review: 

Goodbye, Vitamin is about Ruth, who returns home to care for her father, who has Alzheimer’s disease. It’s an incredibly heartbreaking story written with beauty, emotion and just the right amount of humor. I really enjoyed the writing style, as it is written much like a journal over the span of one year. This was my Book of the Month pick and I absolutely LOVED this book!! I cannot wait to read more from this author!

This BEAUTIFUL book is 5 / 5 stars!

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