I Voted for Biddy Schumacher: Mismatched Tales from the Mind of Brian Centrone is a collection of three short stories from up and coming author, Brian Centrone. The collection opens with “The Life and Times of Biddy Schumacher: A Fantastic Story.” In this bizarre and enchanting tale of small town life, readers are introduced to quirky, religious zealot Biddy Schumacher whose decision to run for political office changes the course of her life. In “A Shade of Gray” (INK.) independent, spirited Emma must try and find the courage and words to tell her boyfriend, “it’s over.” Finally, the well-received “Exit” (Voyages, Red Rover) completes this trio of stories, taking the reader on a late night car ride while the driver examines his life, friends, and relationships.
The Print Edition Includes the Special “Hills Valley Town News” Report on Biddy Schumacher’s Run for Office!
Praise for the e-Book edition
“With the fewest of brush strokes, Brian Centrone hauntingly crawls into the psyches of the characters he creates producing whimsical, absurd but deliciously relatable short stories.” —Arthur Wooten, author of Arthur Wooten’s Shorts
“From the righteous, puritanical Biddy to the chain smoking, suffocated Emma to a man seeking an exit from his meaningless life, the characters in Brian Centrone’s stories face the world with both indecision and decisiveness, honesty and self-denial. Electing to read I Voted for Biddy Schumacher: Mismatched Tales from the Mind of Brian Centrone is easier than voting for president—though, of course, one should do both! Centrone evokes the frustrations of Nora Helmer, the blind certainty of the flock, and the ennui of post-adolescent adulthood in three funny, somber, and existential tales.” —Lacey N. Dunham, editor THIS Literary Magazine
“A varied, entertaining collection … I’m voting for this e-book.” —Chris Killen, author of The Bird Room
“Good things come in three, and so do Brian Centrone’s stories including in his newest collection, I Voted for Biddy Schumacher: Mismatched Tales from the Mind of Brian Centrone. Each story intrigues, delights and leaves readers begging for more. A short but eye-opening read, Centrone’s collection of shorts is the book one goes to bed with, at the end of the day.” —Alina Oswald, author of Journeys Through Darkness
“This is solid, engaging stuff—the work of someone who clearly knows what he’s doing. I look forward to a novel-length work!” —Brent Hartinger, author of Geography Club