J. Ryan Stradal edits the fiction section of The Nervous Breakdown with Gina Frangello. His writing has appeared in The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and McSweeneys: The Goods, among other places. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles and has worked as a TV producer, notably for the History Channels Ice Road Truckers and Discovery Channels Deadliest Catch.
He likes books, wine, sports, root beer, and peas.
Genres: Literary Fiction
J Ryan Stradal recommends
The Hearts of Men (2017)
"Like a great campfire story, The Hearts of Men is epic and hushed in the right places, simultaneously local and universal, and brilliantly, beautifully unspooled."
The Wanderers (2017)
"Howrey's exquisite novel demonstrates that the final frontier may not be space after all."
The Simplicity of Cider (2017)
Amy E Reichert
"Reichert captures the food, relationships, and unique settings of the Midwest at their best. I was absolutely charmed by The Simplicity of Cider."
"In her propulsive debut, Liska Jacobs tells the story of a beautiful young woman's dissolute downward spiral with precision and insight. Catalina deftly explores the desperate social frontiers where the morals of the privileged class dissolve. You won't be able to look away."
Little Disasters (2018)
"Randall Klein's smart, ferocious, propulsive debut is the kind of book I've been waiting forit's a thoughtful literary love story, both emotionally resonant and highly entertaining."
The Bookshop of Yesterdays (2018)
"This delightful, propulsive debut is part cozy literary mystery, part family drama, and 100% heart. [A] page-turner in the best sense."
Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners (2018)
"Gretchen Anthony deftly captures all of the passive-aggression, generosity, humblebragging, kindness, emotional restraint, and humor typical to a Minnesota family. A propulsive and endearing debut."
Welcome to the Pine Away Motel and Cabins (2020)
"Hopeful, heartening, and humane, this is the novel I needed to read right now."
The Big Finish (2020)
"Warm, funny, and tender, The Big Finish is a journey of discovery and second chances you won't want to end."
The Roxy Letters (2020)
Mary Pauline Lowry
"Roxy's life, from its wildly risqué escapades to its numerous crises du jour, is a total blast. Lowry's debut is the racy, funny page-turner we could use in these times."
The Second Home (2020)
"A sure-footed ode to the strength of family, the depth of loss, and the power of forgiveness."
Raft of Stars (2021)
Andrew J Graff
"Graff has crafted not only an adventure story with a warm heart at its center, but a whole town of characters for readers to fall in love with."
The Music of Bees (2021)
"You'll love cheering for the likeable loners in this kind-hearted, hopeful, and beautifully detailed story. I adored The Music of Bees."
The Stars We Share (2021)
"The Stars We Share is an absolutely captivating debut that's equally suspenseful, sweet, lush, and propulsive. It's the best book I've read in quite a while."
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