The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

A Novel

Gilman, Susan Jane

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street
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.

Published: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 0446578932
Branch Call Number: F GIL
Characteristics: 506 pages ;,24 cm


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Nov 25, 2014
  • cheriemoses rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 19, 2014
  • athompson10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 04, 2014

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Aug 02, 2014
  • aisha65 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book.

Jul 02, 2014
  • sasie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 30, 2014
  • booklady413 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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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