Posted on July 24, 2019 at 4:22 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A recent NPR headline immediately grabbed the attention of this Iowa resident who was born and raised in Illinois, vacationed almost exclusively in Wisconsin until adulthood, and attended college in Missouri.

That headline? “Lager Queen author was tired of caricatures of Midwestern women.”

Ah, that’s as refreshing as a cold beer on a hot day. (Stouts or fruity wheats preferred, but lagers will do.)

Novelist J. Ryan Stradal told NPR’s Ari Shapiro that he decided to write The Lager Queen of Minnesota because the strong Midwestern women who raised him weren’t well-represented in fiction.

Listen to him talk more about his mother and grandmothers — who inspired his heroine, Edith Magnusson — as well as the Midwest he knows below, or read a transcript on NPR’s website.

Categories: Author Interview

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