The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street – A Novel by Susan Jane Gilman

“We all scream [for] Susan Jane Gilman’s novel, The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street.”—TIME

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Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman Paperback CoverAs a child in 1913, Malka Treynovsky flees Russia for New York with her family – only to be crippled and abandoned in the streets as soon as she arrives.Taken in by a tough-loving Italian ices peddler, Malka survives through cunning and inventiveness, quietly absorbing the secrets of his trade. When she falls in love with Albert, an illiterate radical, they set off together across America in an ice cream truck to seek their fortune. Slowly, she transforms into Lillian Dunkle, whom President Eisenhower christens “The Ice Cream Queen of America” — doyenne of an empire of ice cream franchises and a celebrated TV personality. Spanning seventy years, Lillian’s rise is inextricably linked to the course of American history itself, from Prohibition, to World War II, to the disco days of Studio 54. Yet she is nothing like the whimsical, motherly “ice cream lady” she portrays in the media. Conniving, irreverent, and profane, Lillian is an indomitable businesswoman who prefers a good stiff drink to a sundae. And when her past starts catching up with her, her world implodes spectacularly.


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“The writing is forceful, the travel is fun, and the characters are memorable, making this novel by award-winning writer Susan Jane Gilman pretty much the perfect summer read.”—The Christian Science Monitor (a “Best Book of June” selection)

Praise for Susan Jane Gilman’s

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street:

  • Finalist for the 2014 National Jewish Book Award, Outstanding Debut Fiction
  • An IndieNext Pick
  • A LibraryReads Selection
  • A USA Today “Hottest Titles This Season” selection
  • An LA Times “Summer Books Preview 2014” title
  • An AARP “Beach-Bag Books for Grownups” selection
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book
  • A Historical Novels Review “Editors’ Choice” title
  • A “Best Book of June” selection, Christian Science Monitor
  • A “June Best Books of 2014” pick, Bustle
  • A “Best Books Publishing in June” selection

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