“This book will have you laughing and crying in the same sentence. Khong’s words have a way of cutting to the quick of a thing while simultaneously revealing another. The storytelling is short, sparse, and told in a diary format that works well for both its guarded character and moving the plot along. Books about families dealing with the terrible diagnosis of a parent where the kid or kids come home to help have been fairly common for a few years now, but this book surpasses them all.”
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.