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The Lager Queen of Minnesota
A Novel
By (author): J. Ryan Stradal
9780399563058 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Family Life / General Jul 23, 2019
$35.00 CAD
Active 6.3 x 9.3 x 1.2 in 368 pages Viking Pamela Dorman Books
“The perfect pick-me-up on a hot summer day.”—Washington Post

“Delightfully intoxicating…will make you go back for more.” —USA Today

A novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Two sisters, one farm. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, her older sister, Edith, struggles to make what most people would call a living. So she can’t help wondering what her life would have been like with even a portion of the farm money her sister kept for herself.

With the proceeds from the farm, Helen builds one of the most successful light breweries in the country, and makes their company motto ubiquitous: “Drink lots. It’s Blotz.” Where Edith has a heart as big as Minnesota, Helen’s is as rigid as a steel keg. Yet one day, Helen will find she needs some help herself, and she could find a potential savior close to home…if it’s not too late.

Meanwhile, Edith’s granddaughter, Diana, grows up knowing that the real world requires a tougher constitution than her grandmother possesses. She earns a shot at learning the IPA business from the ground up—will that change their fortunes forever, and perhaps reunite her splintered family?

Here we meet a cast of lovable, funny, quintessentially American characters eager to make their mark in a world that’s often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, we’re surprised, moved, and delighted.

Story Locale: Midwest

CHOSEN AS A LIBRARYREADS PICK AND NOMINATED FOR INDIE NEXT: The proof is in the pudding: librarians and booksellers love J. Ryan Stradal. The Lager Queen of Minnesota was chosen as a July 2019 LibraryReads pick and nominated for Indie Next, and we explect support for this novel to continue to grow.

TERRIFIC BLURBS AND REVIEWS: Stradal has already received an ourpouring of support, from both the trades and blurbers, and we expect the same from the media once the hardcover pubs in July—and we even got fabulous early reviews from EW and The New York Post!

ANOTHER GREAT UPMARKET FAMILY STORY: Here, Stradal gives us the reading pleasure of immersing ourselves in the lives of these ordinary but quirky Americans with his signature warmth, humor and voice.

BREAKOUT AUTHOR: J. Ryan Stradal’s Kitchens of the Great Midwest was a bestselling debut to remember, and has since sold more than 110k copies across all formats. It has enjoyed placement on numerous Best-Of lists, including the ABA’s, and it was the Indies Choice Book of the Year Award-Adult Debut Winner, and also hit the NYT Extended List.

BEER IS HOT: Stradal has a knack for coming up with zeitgeisty concepts that are easy to talk about, in this case—two generations of a Midwestern family and how they save themselves by making (and sometimes losing) a fortune in beer.

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.

Author Residence: Los Angeles

Author Hometown: Hastings, MN

Marketing: Online Advertising

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Library Promotions / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Publicity: National author tour

National print and online reviews and features

National radio interviews

Regional Midwest media attention

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Author Social Media:; Twitter and Instagram @JRyanStradal

Praise for The Lager Queen of Minnesota:

“Delightful.” —New York Post

“An absolutely delightful read, perfect for a summer day with a good beer and a piece of pie.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)

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