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Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel by [Khong, Rachel]
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Length: 208 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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An Amazon Best Book of July 2017: Goodbye, Vitamin is a generous and funny novel about love, family, and finding your way. After her father’s Alzheimer’s disease progresses, 30-year old Ruth pulls up stakes and moves home temporarily to help care for him. The timing is fortuitous given that Ruth’s own life has recently gone sideways with a broken engagement and the realization that her life at 30 is not what she’d envisioned. What struck me most about this novel is the influence of memories. How much we depend on them to remind us who we are, where we've been, and all the emotions attached to them. Memories can betray us--when we’re in love we hold snapshots of special moments close, but when our heart is broken all we want is to push them away. Yet there they remain. And within a family, each person's recollection of pivotal moments shapes the dynamic of the whole. Author Rachel Khong finds the humor in painful moments without diluting their importance and brings insight into the absurdity of trying to find balance when even our own minds may send us spinning in circles. Goodbye, Vitamin is a book I truly enjoyed cover-to-cover; it gave me the chance to laugh--a lot--and also see a few things in my own life from a different perspective. Because at the end of the day, as Ruth puts says in the book, “It doesn’t matter who remembers what, I guess, so long as somebody remembers something.”--Seira Wilson

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`Goodbye, Vitamin is a darkly funny debut novel about love, loss, and heartbreak.' * Popsugar * `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.' * Publishers Lunch * `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 first novel sneaks up on you - just like life, illness and heartbreak. And love. A million small, human and often deeply funny details gather force to tell a tale that is ultimately, incredibly poignant' -- Miranda July, author of The First Bad Man 'Goodbye, Vitamin builds with humor, gusto and such deceptive lightness that the reader wonders, at its devastating end, how debut author Rachel Khong managed to pull it off so beautifully. The only possible answer is that Khong is a magician, and we are lucky to fall under her spell at the beginning of her brilliant writing life' -- Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies

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  • File Size: 843 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (July 11, 2017)
  • Publication Date: July 11, 2017
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N02H38P
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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