9th Ave: Rachel Khong Book Release

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. location.



Rachel Khong discusses her debut novel, Goodbye, Vitamin with Esmé Weijun Wang. Complimentary beverages provided by Fort Point Beer Company.


Praise for Rachel Khong


“Incredibly poignant . . . Rachel Khong’s first novel sneaks up on you ― just like life . . . and heartbreak. And love.”―Miranda July


"The novel Goodbye,Vitamin builds with humor, with gusto and with such deceptive lightness that the reader wonders, at its devastating end, how in the world the debut author Rachel Khong managed to pull it off so beautifully. The only possible answer is this, that Khong is a magician, and that we are lucky to fall under her spell at the beginning of her brilliant writing life." ―Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies


“Half stand-up comic, half a seismographer of the human heart, Khong writes with vulnerability and penetrating insight, and with a gentle humor that moves you not only to care for her characters, but also to care more fervently for the people in your life.”―Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine


About Goodbye, Vitamin


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 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.



Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250109163
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - July 11th, 2017

Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, O, The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, Huffington Post, Nylon, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Booklist, and The Independent

Winner of the California Book Award for First Fiction

The Border of Paradise Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939419699
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Published: Unnamed Press - April 12th, 2016

A remarkable multigenerational novel, The Border of Paradise transports readers into the world of an iconoclastic midcentury family.

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