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J. RYAN STRADAL READS FROM HIS NEW NOVEL THE LAGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA

The Lager Queen of Minnesota (Pamela Dorman Books)

Edith Magnusson's rhubarb pies are famous in the Twin Cities--they were named the third-best in the state of Minnesota and St. Anthony-Waterside Nursing Home has quickly becomes the hottest dinner ticket in town. Still, she lays awake wondering how her life might have been different if her father hadn't left their family farm to her sister Helen, a decision that split their family in two. With the proceeds from the farm, her sister, Helen Blotz, built her husband Orval's family soda business into the top selling brewery in Minnesota. She singlehandedly created the light beer revolution and made their corporate motto ubiquitous: "Drink lots, it's Blotz." But Helen dismisses IPAs as a fad, and the Blotz fortune begins its inevitable decline. Soon, though, she finds a potential savior that's surprisingly close to home. . .
Diana Winter earns a shot at learning the beer business from the ground up just as the IPA revolution begins. The stakes couldn't be higher: just as she's launching her own brewpub, she's due to deliver a baby girl. When the unthinkable happens, it's up to Grandma Edith--and a delightfully surprising cadre of grandmother friends--to secure the next generation's chances for a better future. Can Grandma Edith's Rhubarb Pie In A Bottle Ale save Diana's fledgling brewery, and change their hearts and fortunes forever? 

The Lager Queen of Minnesota serves up a cast of lovable, quintessentially Midwestern characters eager to make their mark in a world that's often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting, humorous, emotional family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, we're surprised, moved, and delighted.

"Brilliant. . . a love letter to the Midwest. . . it's hard to put down not only because the storytelling is so seamless and the characters so relatable, but because the author's delight in the written word is so contagious." --Jen Sincero, #1 New York Times bestselling author of You Are a Badass

"Utterly charming. . . Stradal loves and knows his territory, and his affection for the Midwest--with all its stubbornness, stoicism, long memories, readiness to provide aid and quiet pride in excellence--gleams on every page." --Janet Fitch, bestselling author of The Revolution of Marina M.

"The Lager Queen of Minnesota is pure reading joy: warm, funny, informative, and full of heart. It is impossible not to root for Stradal's characters, who are so vivid, and relatable that you will miss them every time you set the book down; indeed, if you set it down at all." 
--Jonathan Evison, New York Times bestselling author of Lawn Boy

"Warm, whimsical, incredibly well-written and infused with Stradal's signature sympathy for his characters--those everyday heroes we all know and love. . . a thorough delight, from beginning to end." --Nickolas Butler, internationally bestselling author of Shotgun Lovesongs

"With the easy-to-love quaffability of a crisp ale or a complex IPA, Stradal's The Lager Queen of Minnesota will warm your heart. Full of empathy, love, wisdom and humor on every page, I wish I could go back for more." -Jade Chang, author of The Wangs vs. The World

"The Lager Queen of Minnesota is the kind of book you think about all day, while at work, while speaking to someone else, while in line at the market. . . . I loved this book so much. I carried it with me like a talisman, marveling at the unique storytelling of J. Ryan Stradal, who knows his people so well. It's a portrait of America, of place and land and neighborhood, and, of course, a celebration of beer." --Susan Straight, author of Highwire Moon

"A book to make you laugh and cry and believe the best days of your life are still in front of you." --Ben Loory, author of Tales of Falling and Flying

J. Ryan Stradal is a contributing editor at TASTE Magazine. His bestselling debut, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, won the 2016 American Booksellers Association Indie's Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year and also the 2016 Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for debut fiction. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles.

Photo by Franco Tettamanti

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Friday, August 2, 2019 - 7:30pm
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The Lager Queen of Minnesota: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399563058
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - July 23rd, 2019

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Published: Penguin Books - June 7th, 2016