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'A beautifully written coming-of-age debut, dreamy and funny … flawless' Independent

'Khong is a magician… Brilliant' Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies

‘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

Ruth is thirty and her life is falling apart: she and her fiancé are moving house, but he's moving out to live with another woman; her career is going nowhere; and then she learns that her father, a history professor beloved by his students, has Alzheimer’s. At Christmas, her mother begs her to stay on and help. For a year. Goodbye, Vitamin is the wry, beautifully observed story of a woman at a crossroads, as Ruth and her friends attempt to shore up her father’s career; she and her mother obsess over the ambiguous health benefits – in the absence of a cure – of dried jellyfish supplements and vitamin pills; and they all try to forge a new relationship with the brilliant, childlike, irascible man her father has become.

?'Biting, funny and poignant and makes you wish you’d thought of writing it first' Stylist, '50 Unmissable Books'

'A deceptively complex tale of dementia and its impact on a family … Like a chain of fairy lights in the darkness' Financial Times

'One of the funniest elegiac novels I have ever read' David Leavitt, author of The Lost Language of Cranes

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5283 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner UK (1 Jun. 2017)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LLX6B66
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Four Stars

 on 17 August 2017
By carol barlin
Enjoyable read,

Rachel Khong is a skilled and imaginative writer.

7 people found this helpful.
 on 23 June 2017
By Lincs Reader
Sometimes it is the smallest, slimmest novels that have the most impact. Nestled within the less than two hundred pages that make up Goodbye, Vitamin is a story that is so beautifully crafted, the characters within creep into the heart and tighten their hold with every page.

Both funny and touching

2 people found this helpful.
 on 11 July 2017
By Julia Flyte
Ruth is thirty and has recently broken up with her fiance. She returns home for a year to help look after her father who has early stage Alzheimer’s. Ruth has always enjoyed a close and easy relationship with her father, turning a blind eye to the infidelities and drinking that complicated his relationship with her mother and her brother. The book is written as Ruth’s diary over that year as she gets to understand her parents better, as her father slowly succumbs to Alzheimer’s and as she finds a way to heal from her broken relationship.
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