Praise for Goodbye, Vitamin
"The novel Goodbye Vitamin builds with humor, with gusto and with such deceptive lightness that the reader wonders, at its devastating end, how in the world the debut author Rachel Khong managed to pull it off so beautifully. The only possible answer is this, that Khong is a magician, and that we are lucky to fall under her spell at the beginning of her brilliant writing life."
—Lauren Groff, AUTHOR OF FATES & FURIES
“Incredibly poignant…Rachel Khong’s first novel sneaks up on you—just like life…and heartbreak. And love.”
—Miranda July, AUTHOR OF THE FIRST BAD MAN
“A catalogue of days, a love song to their ephemera, a collection of snapshots of quotidian celebrations and failures. The sum of these beats is a book that unexpectedly strips you down and leaves you feeling more forgiving—and forgiven.”
—Stephanie DanleR, AUTHOR OF SWEETBITTER
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 family life more complicated than she'd realized. Her father, a prominent history professor, is losing his memory. Her mother, like Ruth, is smarting from a betrayal. But over the course of the year, the comedy in her situation takes hold, gently transforming 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.