Top critical review
more than vitamins
May 6, 2018
Goodbye Vitamin is set in California in the Young family’s home. The narrator, Ruth Young, is at her parent’s place for the holidays. Her mother, Annie, a retired teacher, has virtually stopped cooking in order to feed on vitamins. Her father, Howard, also a former teacher, over the past year, has become a grumpy old man with dementia. With her brother Linus, and good friend, Bonnie, Ruth begins a crusade to learn as much as possible about Alzheimer’s and memory loss, in order to find anything that can benefit her father’s deteriorating mind and health.
From one day to the next, her father’s ‘condition’ goes from being managable to being ‘scary.’ She starts to remember the past; the days of her childhood, long before her brilliant father had dementia. This is an interesting, well-written novel, partly in the form of a diary, and partly in the form of an observational checklist, as well as the narrative of a family’s way of coping with change, tolerance, wellness, memories, and memory loss.