The 2nd edition of REQUIEM FOR THE STATUS QUO was released by Words Matter Press the end of April 2019, the eBook’s new edition was released December 2019, and 2020 saw the addition of the very popular audiobook. Many small changes were made to this edition, but one big change is that a Book Club Discussion section was added to the end of the novel. Whether you belong to a Book Club or any group wherein a discussion may take place, you will benefit greatly from the ten questions the author has provided. All versions of the book can be found on Amazon and the paperback is also available from your favorite bookseller.
The family caregiver is oftentimes ruthlessly challenged by uninvolved family members who are quick to condemn the caregiver’s efforts but reticent to offer assistance. Such is the case for Colleen Strand, a widow who recently found her own footing, who takes on the task of caring for her father, Patrick Quinn, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Her older brother, Jonathan, criticizes Colleen at every turn and verbally abuses the father when he has the gall to exhibit symptoms of his disease. In short, Jonathan travels down the oft-traveled road of denial, leaving Colleen to deal with all matters regarding their father’s care.
Connected tenuously to a father who barely remembers her and a brother who has become an enigma, Colleen faces the moving target that is Alzheimer’s disease, determined to clothe her father with the dignity he deserves, while endeavoring to capture the far too fleeting moments of time remaining with him.
PRAISE FOR Requiem for the status quo:
It is a distinct honor to rate this outstanding, but heartbreaking, tale of a devastating and progressive health condition, and how deeply it touches those it enfolds. The author, who has closely experienced the cruelty of Alzheimer’s in a loved one, has shown a great deal of courage and consummate determination in writing it. This well-paced and brilliantly written story is at once poignant, agonizing, funny in places, and all-consuming. The reader will have difficulty putting it down but had best keep a box of tissues at hand.
It made this hardened, former combat soldier weep like a schoolchild through much of the second half. But I feel I have emerged from this novel with greater sensitivity to the whole continuum of dementia and its emotional impact on those who must find a way of dealing with its encroachment on their lives. There are not enough superlatives in the English language to give justice to a description of this debut novel by an obviously compassionate, energetic and witty author. – R. Bruce Logan, author of Finding Lien and Back to Vietnam: Tours of the Heart
As someone who has spent her career in the senior housing industry, I deem REQUIEM FOR THE STATUS QUO a winner on two levels: It is an endearing story of the love between a daughter and a father, and it provides the reader with practical insight into the challenges faced by our aging population – Polly Miller, former Chief Marketing Officer, AegisLiving
Such an accurate description of the journey with Alzheimer’s. My mother recently died from Alzheimer’s, and I could really relate to everything she wrote about. All her information is very accurate, and I felt like she was on the journey with me. – Rubies, a verified Amazon purchaser
A must-read! I’ve never written a review when I’m only halfway through a book, but I wanted the author to know sooner rather than later, how much her book has affected me emotionally. My family has been dealt the dreaded card of dementia so reading REQUIEM FOR THE STATUS QUO has been difficult since we’re living Coleen and Patrick’s nightmare now. I find myself only able to read pieces at a time because the author has done a superb job of making Patrick and his family’s battle with this horrible disease, so real. Last night as I read, I found myself laughing and then crying. This book is a must-read for anyone touched by Alzheimer’s or dementia. – Jill Weatherholt, author of Second Chance Romance.
In this stunning debut novel, Irene Frances Olson depicts with tenderness and grace, one family’s struggle to cope with the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease – Anne Leigh Parrish, author of Women Within
Ms. Olson’s experience as a long-term care ombudsman, coupled with her own Alzheimer’s caregiving experience, make her more than qualified to tell the story of families in turmoil, thrust into the learn-as-you-go task of caregiving – Vicki Elting, Assistant Washington State LTC Ombudsman
A heartfelt and compelling story, relevant to so many family households across the globe, REQUIEM is a must-read for all generations – Dwayne Clark, Chairman & CEO of TRUE Productions, a film production company created from the love of storytelling