The Lager Queen of Minnesota

A Novel
CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: DD44933
Released: Jul 23, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781524777678
Narrator/s: Judith Ivey
Publisher: Penguin Group US
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A National Bestseller! "The perfect pick-me-up on a hot summer day." —Washington Post "[A] charmer of a tale. . . Warm, witty and--like any good craft beer--complex, the saga delivers a subtly feminist and wholly life-affirming message." —People Magazine 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.


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The Lager Queen of Minnesota
Product Number: BX00113663
Product Number:Z100146945
Product Number:DD44933

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Author(s): J. Ryan Stradal
Narrator(s): Judith Ivey
Product Number Z100146945
Released: Jul 23, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Books on Tape
ISBN: #9781524777708
Author(s): J. Ryan Stradal
Product Number EB00745336
Released: Jul 23, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9780399563072

Professional reviews

"Narrator Judith Ivey's Minnesota accent gives authenticity to this delightful audiobook about two estranged sisters. Strong-willed Helen was so determined to own a brewery that she convinced her father to make her his sole heir. As Helen's beer becomes a regional favorite, Edith struggles to raise her children, take care of her ailing husband, and raise her orphaned granddaughter, never once spending her hard-earned money on her sister's lager. Ivey's performance beautifully underscores the women's unique personalities as each finds her way through grief and betrayals, ambition and hope. Ivey wisely puts the charm of this story in the spotlight, delivering a tone of Midwestern pragmatism as the women bake pies, brew beer, nurture unlikely friendships, and find redemption. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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