Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

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“What imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers. That the reasons we can care for one another can have nothing to do with the person cared for. That it has only to do with who we were around that person—what we felt about that person.”

Goodbye, Vitamin is a touching and quirky novel that is quite lovely in its simplicity. It is told in a diary type format, and we get small fragments of daily events in the life of a woman named Ruth, over the course of a year. Ruth is thirty-years-old and dealing with the break-up of her engagement, which has left her feeling somewhat detached and lost. When she visits her family for the holidays, for the first time in many years, she learns of her father’s battle with dementia and gradually deteriorating condition. Ruth decides to quit her job and move home for a year to help. During this time she comes to terms with the end of her engagement, gains new knowledge about her family, and hopefully a new direction for her future.  Continue reading “Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong”