|Pages/Publication Date:||208 / 2017|
Freshly disengaged from her fiancé and feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, 30-year-old Ruth quits her job, leaves town and arrives at her parents' home to find that situation more complicated than she had anticipated. Her father, a prominent history professor, is losing his memory and is only erratically lucid. Ruth's mother, meanwhile, is lucidly erratic. But as her father's condition intensifies, the comedy in Ruth's situation takes hold, gently transforming all her grief.
"Told in a diary format over the year that Ruth spends at home, [this novel] is a quietly brilliant disquisition on family relationships and adulthood, told in prose that is so startling in its spare beauty that I found myself thinking about Khong's turns of phrase for days after I finished reading."—NYTBR