Susan Jane Gilman

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

Susan Jane Gilman

Talk: The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

The IndieNext Pick is 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 and abandoned in the streets. Taken in by an Italian ices peddler, Malka survives. She falls in love with Albert, sets off together across America in an ice cream truck to slowly transform 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 is linked to American history, from Prohibition to the disco days of Studio 54. And when her past starts catching up with her, her world implodes spectacularly.

Susan Jane Gilman

Susan Jane Gilman is the author of Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress and Kiss My Tiara. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and has written commentary for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Ms. Magazine, and more. Her fiction and essays have received several literary awards. Though she lives in Geneva, Switzerland, she remains, eternally, a child of New York.

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

In 1913, little Malka Treynovsky flees Russia with her family. Bedazzled by tales of gold and movie stardom, she tricks them into buying tickets for America,but is abandoned in the street. Lillian's rise to fame and fortune spans seventy years and is inextricably linked to the course of American history.

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