This week on Eat Your Words, host Cathy Erway welcomes author J. Ryan Stradal, whose first novel, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, was published by on July 28th, 2015, and reached the New York Times Hardcover Best Seller list at #19 on its third week of release. In April 2016, the American Booksellers Association named Kitchens the Indies Choice Book of the Year Award – Adult Debut Winner.

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"I try not to be a dogmatic writer...rather, I sit down with questions, and I try to figure out solutions or unpack the complexities behind the questions through fictional characters, by maybe having fictional character occupy some corner of a dilemma that's been puzzling me." [8:14] – J. Ryan Stradl