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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

Love and memory

 on 13 October 2017
By boingboing
As titles go, ‘Goodbye, Vitamin’ doesn’t give a lot away. This is definitely one where you’ll need to read the synopsis before you decide whether to buy or not.

Loved this book – will definitely look out for other …

 on 12 April 2018
By Saint Moomin
Loved this book – will definitely look out for other books from this author.

Unexpectedly tender

 on 28 February 2018
By Jo
Absolutely loved this book – laugh out loud funny, a very fast read but tender and poignant too. It’s the kind of book that creeps up on you before you know it. Lovely.

Five Stars

 on 11 June 2018
By Ruth Lucas
Compelling and heart-warming story about having a close relative with dementia.Lovely to read.

A charming book

 on 30 January 2018
By Ms T
A tenderly written book which deals with Alzheimer’s disease in a charming and unassuming way. This story is sad, funny, poignant and simply lovely. A great read.

Review product

 on 26 December 2017
By D Cornyn
Excellent

Four Stars

 on 17 August 2017
By carol barlin
Enjoyable read,

Rachel Khong is a skilled and imaginative writer.

 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.
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