The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

Literary Loop

Two sisters, one farm.

In New York Times-bestselling author J. Ryan Stradal’s latest novel, a family is split when the father leaves the shared inheritance entirely to his younger daughter, Helen. With the proceeds from the farm, Helen builds one of the most successful light breweries in the country and makes the company motto ubiquitous: “Drink lots. It’s Blotz.”

Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, older sister Edith struggles to make ends meet. She can’t help wonder what her life would have been like with even a portion of the farm money her sister kept for herself.

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.

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

“Stradal’s writing is sharp and funny,” says Kirkus Review. “An absolutely delightful read, perfect for a summer day with a good beer and a piece of pie.”