Friday, June 16, 2017

Goodbye, Vitamin - by Rachel Khong: Book Review

Author: Rachel Khong
No. Pages: 208
Release Date: 11.07.2017
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Format: Kindle
It starts with a light tone. It's written in a diary form, peppered with letter-entries from her Alzheimer ridden father's diary from when she was growing up. As it usually happens with epistolary novels, the entries get longer and reveal more and more. 

It's a natural progression, without any focus on deep feelings characters dwell on. What I found especially refreshing was that Ruth, the main character, did not take herself too seriously. The characters had their particularities, and this made them human and endearing.

Despite the initial light tone, there was the expected melancholy that was later seem in the notes Ruth made. She writes about the random and about the serious, about the quirky and about the deep things. The roles eventually reverse; she starts writing her father the things he did that day, just how he used to when she was little. The transition is bitter-sweet.

The novel is funny and insightful, with some moments that are so real they could only happen in real life. It's a novel of discovery and of letting go.

I received a free e-book copy of the novel from the publisher via Net Galley. All thoughts expressed here are my own.


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