Rachel Khong with Camille Bordas
Join us July 13th as we welcome former Lucky Peach executive editor RACHEL KHONG with her debut novel GOODBYE, VITAMIN. She will be joined in conversation with CAMILLE BORDAS.
"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
Freshly disengaged from her fiancé and feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-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 her 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.
RACHEL KHONG grew up in Southern California, and holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Florida. From 2011 to 2016, she was the managing editor then executive editor of Lucky Peach magazine. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Joyland, American Short Fiction, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, and California Sunday. She lives in San Francisco. Goodbye, Vitamin is her first novel.
CAMILLE BORDAS is the author of two previous novels in French, Les treize desserts and Partie commune. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker. Born in France and raised in Mexico City and Paris, she now lives in Chicago. Her novel, HOW TO BEHAVE IN A CROWD, will be available in August 2017.