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The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

by Susan J. Gilman

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan J. Gilman
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    Jun 2014, 512 pages
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    Jul 2015, 528 pages

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Susan Jane Gilman's debut rags-to-riches novel about immigrant Malka Treynovsky and her rise to fame as The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street.

There seems to be two kinds of ice cream connoisseurs: One scarfs it down, reveling quickly in the cold, intense bursts of their favorite flavor. The second savors it, lick by lick, stretching out each second as long as they can. The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street accommodates both kinds, being a quick read but also long enough to savor.

Presented as a kind of memoir that real-life public figures don't have the courage to write - in which they reveal themselves in more detail than what is told in the media - the story explores the world of the fictional Lillian Dunkle, the Ice Cream Queen of the title. She is born Malka Treynovsky, in the small Russian village of Vishnev, from which she and her family flee to what her mother thought would be South Africa, but her father decided would be America, switching out the boat tickets at the last minute. Upon arriving in America, her mother...

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