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Goodbye, vitamin : a novel por Rachel Khong
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Goodbye, vitamin : a novel (original 2017; edição 2017)

por Rachel Khong

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""Incredibly poignant ... Rachel Khong's first novel sneaks up on you -- just like life ... and heartbreak. And love."--Miranda July 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 and still 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 a one's footing in this life"--… (mais)
Membro:JillMcKiernan
Título:Goodbye, vitamin : a novel
Autores:Rachel Khong
Informação:New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017.
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Avaliação:****
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My goodness, I adored this book. It's a summer 2017 read and, more impressively, a new addition to my forever favorites. 10/10 would recommend and may even read again (if you know me -- unheard of!).

I picked up "Goodbye, Vitamin" after a string of really dark thrillers, when I desperately needed a break from grisly unsolved murders and disappearing husbands and every other grim thing. We meet Ruth, who's newly disengaged from her engagement to Joel, the day after Christmas -- which she spent at home in LA with her parents for the first time in years. Our introduction arrives as she's handling a phone call that her dad's pants have been located, dangling from the holiday trees downtown like they're ornaments. His Alzheimer's is worsening, and Ruth's mom asks her to stay, just for a year.

"Goodbye, Vitamin" is the story of that year, told in diary-style entries.

There are a lot of things I loved about this book: It's beautifully written; it's smart, witty, poignant, heartfelt. Yes, Alzheimer's is a sad disease, but Ruth shows us the humor in it. It's very real, and the characters we meet have flaws. While her dad's Alzheimer's is sympathetic, he's also a former drunk who cheated on her mom at least once, probably twice. When Ruth and her mom argue, her mom bemoans that "this isn't what I thought it'd be like." "What isn't?" Ruth asks. "Having a daughter."

I *got* these people. They tugged at my heart-strings, not least because their struggles were familiar. I became totally immersed in and attached to their story, and Rachel Khong, a master of the word, told it in a captivating way. Do yourself a favor and pick it up today. ( )
  angelahaupt | Jun 15, 2021 |
What a sweet, sad, simple look at the ways relationships grow and shift with time and circumstance. It reminds me a little of the pandemic, the daily world being made smaller, in a way, extra things necessarily being cut out, allowing what's most important to rise to the surface. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Mar 14, 2021 |
(8.5) I am so pleased I rescued this book from being culled from our local library. I am sure it would have been coded DOA, (dead on arrival), which means that over its first 12 months, not one person has read it, as it appears brand new. I can only put it down to the cover and its title, which wouldn't have attracted me, however, I had read some glowing reviews.
Thirty year old Ruth is heartbroken when her fiance breaks off their engagement. she returns home to her parents and her mother asks her to stay for 12 months as her history professor, father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
The book is presented in diary format. It starts off fairly light and flippant but gradually a subtle change takes place. It is cleverly written and is both funny, sad and poignant as this fractured family bonds together in support of each other. ( )
  HelenBaker | Dec 20, 2020 |
I loved Goodbye, Vitamin so much! Having lived through my own father's descent into dementia, I thought the author handled the subject matter so beautifully. The chapters are in many ways like journal entries, or vignettes, which made it a fast read, but worth savoring. I loved the literary device the author used describing the notes Ruth's father made as she was growing up, about questions she asked and he answered, put in italics, which then changed at the end of the book to the daughter writing down all the things the father said and did. "Here I am, in lieu of you, collecting the moments. Collecting - I guess that's the operative word. Unless it's moments." The author walks a fine line between humor and poignancy, and it was a very satisfying reading experience. Thanks to Edelweiss for the e-galley! ( )
  KellyWellRead | Dec 17, 2020 |
This is a book about confronting loss. Ruth's engagement has just been broken off by her fiance Joel, so at a loss for the next step in her life, she moves back home at her mother's request "just for a year" to help with her father, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Told in random, but dated journal entries, Ruth recounts some of the little moments of her days, but also helps herself face some of the bigger issues. She had always been close to her father Howard, a university professor, and now has to face his debilitation. She also has to come to terms with the fact that he has been a crummy husband to her mother - she comes across divorce papers among other things - that indicate some of the hard times she has missed since she left home. Her observations are quirky but clever and grow in maturity as the book moves on. She conversely grows up while her father regresses. Their relationship and the whole family dynamic is very touching. "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 is has only to do with who we were around that person - what we felt about that person." (131) Ruth's relationships with her Mom, her brother Linus, her best friend Bonnie and her Dad's TA, Theo all attest to her growth and her capacity to love - however imperfectly. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
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""Incredibly poignant ... Rachel Khong's first novel sneaks up on you -- just like life ... and heartbreak. And love."--Miranda July 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 and still 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 a one's footing in this life"--

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