The last wave of the silver tsunami has hit, and in the wake, the most free spirited generation in history is now bound to a nursing home. The narrative of Conversations with Baby Boomers in Nursing Homes follows memorable characters like: the Dark Shrewgar, Premrat Watanabe, the Blue Rinsed Ladies, Larry the Curmudgeon, and of course, Zombies on Level Three. This geriatric comedy novel redefines a generation that will never grow old, again. With cover-to-cover laughs, and chapters that demand re-reading, you will be quoting characters for years, and finding more humor in the everlasting quirks of those Baby Boomers around you.
When Jenny, an assistant restaurant manager at the local diner, witnesses Baby Boomers flocking to other new chain restaurants in town, her career becomes in jeopardy. Worse off, her father, Giovanni (Gio) has early onset dementia. One day, while going for a walk, he suddenly forgets where he lives, and ventures into the wrong townhome. His antics send a shock-wave through the townhome community, as he finds himself being questioned by the police with pants down, and no memory of what happened.
Jenny accepts a new culinary position with promising pay at the local nursing home, the Umbrella Tree Retirement Community. She has Gio admitted to the same facility, because Jenny can no longer keep up with his condition. Then, as Gio is settling in, he meets an old friend from work, Buddy, who introduces him to more residents and new experiences.
Gio talks to other residents and befriends a few, but not all hallways are friendly. He has ongoing confrontations with the terrifying Dark Shrewgar: a chain smoking, black muumuu wearing, tinted sunglasses sporting, heavy breathing woman, who lights her cigarettes with her oxygen supply. Gio also visits an inspirational speaker, Premrat Watanabe, who only makes sense to those that want to believe, but not to others. An honorable mention belongs to Clover, a true hippie who never left the nineteen sixties, and likes to eat special cookies while talking to Mr. Toadypus. These are just a few of the strange and quirky residents that Gio and Jenny encounter at the Umbrella Tree Retirement Community.
At the end, a gathering combines the most memorable characters in the nursing home into one giant, collective frenzy. Will Gio escape the persistent Dark Shrewgar’s advances towards him? Will Gio find humor in life itself because of the residents, and not in spite of them? Can Jenny keep her job at the Umbrella Tree Retirement Community without going completely bonkers? Will Jenny ever catch a break? Read to find out!
Chrismarie Todmore, with her Master’s Degree in Baby Boomer Psychology from the University of Mom and Dad, sends you on an exciting, wacky trip to the nursing home you will never forget. Assisted living meets its match with the Baby Boomer standard, “This is how you should do it, but I’m not going to do it that way!” Whether you are a Baby Boomer, Millennial, or anything in between, Conversations with Baby Boomers in Nursing Homes will remind you to laugh in the present.
Chrismarie Todmore is a professional comedy fiction writer with a Master’s Degree in Baby Boomer Psychology from the University of Mom and Dad, with a Minor in Tourism and Hospitality Management. As a direct by-product of the Baby Boomer generation, she has professionally and socially managed, worked alongside, and been employed by the topic of conversation.
Like many others, she has listened for decades to the Baby Boomer standard: “This is how you should do it, but I’m not going to do it that way!” Through applied interaction, she developed and refined her subject matter expertise. Experimental, developmental, and counseling clinical trials are still ongoing worldwide.
After relocating a few times, and having two children, Chrismarie settled down in rural Pennsylvania and penned her first book, Annabelle Lighthorn and the Internal Echo, a young adult adventure novel. However, she soon recognized the need for a fresh and hilarious perspective on an often morbid subject, and started work on her second novel.
With her second publication, Conversations with Baby Boomers in Nursing Homes, she creates a tour-de-force of imaginary genius. Her colorful commentary, based in reality, sets the tone for this narrative comedy with cover-to-cover laughs. Chrismarie is the first author to pen an epic geriatric comedy fiction novel as a tribute to the Baby Boomer generation. She believes the world, now more than ever, needs to have a good laugh.
When Chrismarie isn’t writing or being a homemaker, she enjoys frequenting theme parks, visiting beaches, and hiking in nature. Chrismarie is an accomplished violinist, and entrepreneur; dabbling in new ideas with her husband. Chrismarie is also an avid cook, and enjoys entertaining using her family recipes. She is continuously developing new material for her next two books in the series.