Goodbye, Vitamin

  • by Rachel Khong
  • Narrated by Therese Plummer
  • 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Her life at a crossroads, a young woman goes home again in this funny and inescapably moving debut from a wonderfully original new literary voice.
Freshly disengaged from her fiancé and feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, 30-year-old Ruth quits her job, leaves town, and arrives at her parents' home to find that situation more complicated than she'd realized. Her father, a prominent history professor, is losing his memory and is only erratically lucid. Ruth's mother, meanwhile, is lucidly erratic. But as Ruth's father's condition intensifies, the comedy in her situation takes hold, gently transforming all 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.
Cover design by Karen Horton, cover art based on lemons photograph by Nic Miller/Alamy Images (image #A9FJC2)


What the Critics Say

"Khong is a magician, and we are lucky to fall under her spell at the very beginning of her brilliant writing life." (Lauren Groff)
"This novel sneaks up on you - just like life... and heartbreak. And love." (Miranda July)
"Therese Plummer's narration captures each character's unique voice and emotion, including sarcasm, anger, and humor, all showcased in wonderfully exaggerated tones.... Men and women, young and old cross Ruth's path, creating new experiences for her and putting new spins on her memories, requiring Plummer to express a vivid range of emotions. This is a wonderful story for those who have experienced dementia in a loved one." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Heartwarming and bittersweet

Simply put, the journal entries of a young woman maneuvering a failing relationship, complicated family dynamics and father diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Poignant moments nestle within lighthearted journal blurbs keeping it short, sweet but incredibly moving. (The dad's saved notes on the daughter's childhood had me welling up something fierce)
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- Tort

This was good for my heart!

Wonderful, tender, funny and heart wrenching account of this father daughter journey. Yes Alzheimer's plays a central part but it's so much more. It's also about the rewards of sacrifice and an unconditional love and respect. The possibility of a romantic relationship for Ruth is something I rooted for! I will miss this because I was so entertained.
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- Joanne C Sinclair

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios