Episode #15: Goodbye, Vitamin
So as we said in one of our last posts, we are taking a summer break from recording due to technical difficulties, but we are working on it!
Sorry this one took so long! We’ve been busy with our summer reading programs and just a bunch of other things.
June's pick was the debut novel by Rachel Khong, Goodbye, Vitamin. Recently single 30-year-old Ruth leaves her job to return home to help her mother with the care of her father who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Here are our thoughts:
Jade: I chose this book because 1) I love the cover and 2) it had been sitting on my shelf for so long. While I couldn’t relate to having a family member with Alzheimer’s, I felt like I could still relate to Ruth’s voice. She’s 30, recently single (well, I’ve been single for a long time now) and living with her parents. It's about reconnecting with family, memories and forgiveness; all wrapped up in this short book full of wit, humor and emotion.
There are notebook entries placed throughout the book that really add to the nostalgic and loving feel of the book that Ruth's father wrote from her childhood. Here are two of my favorite quotes from them:
- "Today, while I was trying to teach you to swim, you asked how deep the pool was. When I said four feet, you looked incredulous, and said, Whose feet!"
- "Today I thought: I'm nuts - I'm just nuts - about you."
I believe in no spoilers so I'm not going to give anymore away but if you’re feeling nostalgic or just want something new to read, then you should give this book a try. It felt like I was catching up with an old friend and I just couldn’t put it down.
Sarah: coming soon!
Gina: coming soon!
For further reading:
- Los Angeles Review of Books: The Mind Plays Tricks: Memory Loss and Nostalgia in Rachel Khong's "Goodbye, Vitamin"
- NPR: 'Goodbye, Vitamin' is sweet - but not sugarcoated
- Vogue: Goodbye, Vitamin May Be the Best Novel You'll Read This Summer
- Electric Literature: Piercing Together a Novel
- The Booklist Reader: Hello, Rachel Khong: Talking with the Former Lucky Peach Editor about Her Debut Novel Goodbye, Vitamin