The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

A Novel

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Publisher Description

A clever and complex woman builds an ice cream empire after immigrating from Russia in this stunning novel of power, Prohibition, and performance set against the backdrop of early 20th-century America.
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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2014
June 10
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
512
Pages
PUBLISHER
Grand Central Publishing
SELLER
Hachette Digital, Inc.
SIZE
3.3
MB

Customer Reviews

Gigi Deena ,

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

Loved the story, characters, history. I felt it was just a bit too long.

Red-headed Witch ,

Wish there was a zero star option

One of the worst written, poorly edited awful premise books I’ve ever read. Truly. It’s that bad.

Bjwk2 ,

The ice cream queen of orchard street

Fair, author took quotes from Leona Hemsley, mixed in history already known, and like the flavors of the ice cream wrote a book. Predictable not worth the time or money

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