"The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street:" A Novel

"The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street:" A Novel

Lillian Dunkle arrives in America in 1913, a penniless child immigrant who goes on to build an empire of ice cream. In the book, "The Ice Cream Queen Of Orchard Street," Lillian takes readers from Prohibition to the gourmet ice cream shops that upend the industry. Author Susan Jane Gilman joins us in studio to talk about her novel.

Lillian Dunkle arrives in America in 1913, a penniless child immigrant abandoned by her family. A tough-talking survivor, she's taken in by an Italian ices peddler, and after learning the tricks of the trade, she goes on to start a small ice cream business with her husband Bert. Along they way, they accidentally invent soft-serve ice cream, and an empire is born. This entertaining narrator takes readers on a journey through the 20th century, from Prohibition to the fancy gourmet ice cream brands that upend the industry. Author Susan Jane Gilman joins us in studio.

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Susan Jane Gilman

author, "The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street: A Novel"

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Excerpted from the book The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman. Copyright © 2014 by Susan Jane Gilman. Reprinted by permission of Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.

Ice Cream Queen Chapter 1 Excerpt

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