Goodbye, Vitamin

By Rachel Khong

Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel by [Khong, Rachel]

4 out of 5 stars

Ruth Young goes home to spend time with her parents and help take care of her father who has Alzheimer’s Disease. She has recently broken up with her fiance so heading home seems like it would be a decent idea. She knows that her father will need help, even if he fights it but she really has no idea what it’s doing to her mother.  When the university that her father teaches at lets him go, she conspires with one of his former students to have him teach a “class” to some students who want to help the professor they loved.

The story is told in a very quick, brisk way. The pace worked perfectly in the telling of the story. The chapter are short and to a point and time moves quickly, as it does in real life. Ruth learns exactly who her parents are, maybe not wanting to see the truth before. And as someone who was a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, I felt everything that she did. Ms. Khong hit the nail on the head! There were times I laughed, times I cried, and times I shook my head in understanding. It is not heavy-handed, if that is what you are looking for but rather that moment of clarity in life when we see our parents for who they really are and love them all the same.

I received a copy of this book from Goodreads and the opinion is humbly my own.

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