One of the best new book releases of this week is:
The Lager Queen of Minnesota:
J. Ryan Stradal
Edith Magnusson, the hard-working heroine in The Lager Queen of Minnesota is actually a composite of some of the women closest to author J. Ryan Stradal — his own mother and grandmothers. Stradal wasn’t seeing the strong, Midwestern women who raised him reflected well in contemporary fiction. So he decided to write those characters himself.
Listen to an NPR interview with the author
from All Things Considered: