GOOD­BYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong, Si­mon & Schus­ter.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - FILM MAKER -

Ruth, 30, newly-sin­gle and heart­bro­ken, heads home for the hol­i­days. There her mother asks her to move in and help care for her fa­ther, who’s been di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s. It’s a bleak premise but at the hands of this de­but nov­el­ist it’s any­thing but, her wry hu­mour per­me­at­ing the novel with poignant ob­ser­va­tions. To keep bore­dom at bay Ruth searches for reme­dies (dried jel­ly­fish any­one?) and con­spires to cre­ate fake classes for her dad, a pro­fes­sor, to “teach”. The class is made up of ador­ing stu­dents – one more so than the rest – which sends Ruth on a search for ev­i­dence of his past in­dis­cre­tions. As his con­di­tion wors­ens, Ruth is forced to con­front why she stayed away from the fam­ily she loves so long. A beau­ti­fully ob­served story about fam­ily, re­la­tion­ships and mem­o­ries.

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