The Lager Queen of Minnesota: A Novel (Large Print / Paperback)

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From one of our favorite authors comes another great novel set in the Midwest. Sisters Edith and Helen could not be more different.  Edith makes pies (really good ones) and Helen makes beer (and lots of money).  The two haven’t spoken in many years when circumstances (and beer) force them to reconnect.  Sit back and enjoy this tender, funny cheer-for-the-underdog story of family, drive, and good midwestern values. 

— Linda

August 2019 Indie Next List


“A Minnesota family grounded in farming, beer, and award-winning pies is split for decades when one of two sisters inherits the farm. Helen and Edith — whose stories author J. Ryan Stradal effectively weaves together — stop speaking, while one’s fortunes soar and the other’s plummet. When a woman of the next generation has a chance at success, she may also reunite the Calder family. Stradal brings the heartland to the page with warmth, humor, and plenty of hops-inspired lore.”
— Cheryl McKeon, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

About the Author


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781524778422
ISBN-10: 1524778427
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Publication Date: July 23rd, 2019
Pages: 496