Ruth is 30, her fiance has left her for another woman and her brilliant academic father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. At a loose end, she acquiesces to her mother's suggestion that she move back in with her parents to help care for her father - but only for one year. The novel chronicles this year in spare vignettes, interlaced with records from a journal Ruth's father kept while she was growing up.
Khong's prose demands to be re-read and relished. This novel may be slim but it is jam-packed full of achingly beautiful observations about family, love and uncertainty, balanced perfectly with a shrewd sense of humour that made me smile throughout.