The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

Large Print - 2014
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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. Yet no sooner do they land on the squalid Lower East Side of Manhattan, than Malka is crippled and abandoned in the street.
Taken in by a tough-loving Italian ices peddler, she manages to survive through cunning and inventiveness. As she learns the secrets of his trade, she begins to shape her own destiny. She falls in love with a gorgeous, illiterate radical named Albert, and they set off across America in an ice cream truck. Slowly, she transforms herself into Lillian Dunkle, "The Ice Cream Queen" -- doyenne of an empire of ice cream franchises and a celebrated television personality.
Lillian's rise to fame and fortune spans seventy years and is inextricably linked to the course of American history itself, from Prohibition to the disco days of Studio 54. Yet Lillian Dunkle is nothing like the whimsical motherly persona she crafts for herself in the media. Conniving, profane, and irreverent, she is a supremely complex woman who prefers a good stiff drink to an ice cream cone. And when her past begins to catch up with her, everything she has spent her life building is at stake.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2014.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410472588
1410472582
Characteristics: 705 pages ; 23 cm.

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creampuffgranny Jul 18, 2015

Loved this book. A real page turner and very well researched. Learned a lot about the immigrant experience and Ice Cream.

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1_Great_Book
Apr 27, 2015

Solid plot, flawed protagonist, Italian-Jewish take on the frenzy of the immigration movement to New York and life at the beginning of the last century. Much more than what it appears to be. Gilman is very close to the ground with believability. Lillian is endearing and quite full of it. Thoroughly enjoyed!

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cheriemoses
Nov 25, 2014

The story as it unfolds is very good and well told, but for the constant affected "darlings" thrown in by the author. The text would be so much stronger with that omitted. It is a contrivance that serves to jar one from the emotion of the story and to distract from the otherwise strong writing.

athompson10 Aug 19, 2014

Funny and heartbreaking. It looks like a fluffy "women's" book but is much deeper than that.

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kenkrum
Aug 04, 2014

this and others from usa today summer preview.

aisha65 Aug 02, 2014

I really enjoyed this book.

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sasie
Jul 02, 2014

A more substantial book than the cover or title would indicate. This is a little piece of American history as seen through the life experience of a Russian immigrant.

booklady413 Jun 30, 2014

I didn't really care for this book though I did finish it. In parts, I felt it drifted a bit. It was disappointing.

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