The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

A Novel

Now in paperback, bestselling author Susan Jane Gilman’s IndieNext Pick novel about an immigrant girl’s transformation into an indomitable businesswoman in early 20th century New York. As a child in 1913, Malka Treynovsky flees Russia for New York with her family–only to be crippled and abandoned in the streets. Taken in by a tough-loving Italian ices peddler, Malka survives. When she falls in love with Albert, they set off together across America in an ice cream truck to seek their fortune; slowly, she transforms herself into Lillian Dunkle, “The Ice Cream Queen of America”–doyenne of an empire of ice cream franchises and a celebrated television personality. Spanning 70 years, Lillian’s rise–fraught with setbacks, triumphs, and tragedies–is inextricably linked to the course of American history itself, from Prohibition to the disco days of Studio 54. And when her past starts catching up with her, her world implodes spectacularly.
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Genre: Fiction / Fiction / Literary

On Sale: June 10th 2014

Price: $24.98

ISBN-13: 9781619696525

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Edition: Unabridged

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"This shrewd and lively novel tells us about those chasms between public success and private truths that make up so much of American life. The energetic narrator, the ice cream queen, is a confidence-woman, and her darkly comic story about life in the big city and in the media spotlight will give readers chills."—Charles Baxter, author of The Soul Thief

"Riveting... part coming-of-age story, part travel journal, part political thriller, and completely unputdownable."—Elaina Richardson, O Magazine
"[A] standout travel memoir...Gilman's descriptions of their trials and tribulations crackle with wit."—Booklist

"What emerges from these exhaustively told tales is a genial comic presence, a good-time girl who doesn't always get it right, whether it's her relationship, her job, or her prose...This is Gilman at her best: stubborn, perversely honest, and, yes, hypocritical. And we're entirely on her side."—Claire Dederer, The Chicago Tribune
"[Gilman's] takes on sex and work, love and friendship, mind and body are refreshing, and her personality engaging.... This memoir offers the pleasure of spending time in the company of an observant and vivid writer."—People Magazine (four stars)