Book Review of Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong – July 2017 Book of the Month Selection

27746288One of the July selections for Book of the Month is Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong which will be released on July 11th, 2017 by Henry Holt and Company… SYNOPSIS: A young woman returns home to care for her failing father in this fine, funny, and inescapably touching debut, from an affecting and wonderfully original new literary voice. A few days after Christmas in a small suburb outside of L.A., pairs of a man’s pants hang from the trees. The pants belong to Howard Young, a prominent history professor, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Howard’s wife, Annie, summons their daughter, Ruth. Freshly disengaged from her fiance andstill broken up about it, feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-year-old Ruth quits her job and arrives home to find her parents’ situation worse than she’d realized. Her father is erratically lucid and her mother, a devoted and creative cook, sees the sources of memory loss in every pot and pan. But as Howard’s condition intensifies, the comedy in Ruth’s situation takes hold, gently transforming her grief. She throws herself into caretaking: cooking dementia-fighting meals (a feast of jellyfish!), researching supplements, anything to reignite her father’s once-notable memory. And when the university finally lets Howard go, Ruth and one of her father’s handsome former students take their efforts to help Howard one step too far. 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.

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About the author: Rachel Khong grew up in Southern California, and holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Florida. From 2011 to 2016, she was the managing editor then executive editor of Lucky Peach magazine. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Joyland, American Short Fiction, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, and California Sunday. She lives in San Francisco. Goodbye, Vitamin is her first novel. Website  Twitter: @rachelkhong

My thoughts: Goodbye, Vitamin is a book that many people will relate to. A lot of people have a family member or know someone who is battling with Alzheimer’s. I know from first hand experience that this disease can effect a family both emotionally and physically. I feel that this book is full of love, family, happiness and sadness. The author creates characters that are easy to relate to. The setting I feel adds to the overall story and plot line. Overall I found this to be a good read that will having you both laughing and crying. **I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

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