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Free Book Friday – The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street


The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

by Susan Jane Gilman

Now in paperback, bestselling author Susan Jane Gilman’s IndieNext Pick novel about an immigrant girl’s transformation into an indomitable businesswoman in early 20th century New York. — As a child in 1913, Malka Treynovsky flees Russia for New York with her family–only to be crippled and abandoned in the streets. Taken in by a tough-loving Italian ices peddler, Malka survives. When she falls in love with Albert, they set off together across America in an ice cream truck to seek their fortune; slowly, she transforms herself into Lillian Dunkle, “The Ice Cream Queen of America”–doyenne of an empire of ice cream franchises and a celebrated television personality.

Spanning 70 years, Lillian’s rise–fraught with setbacks, triumphs, and tragedies–is inextricably linked to the course of American history itself, from Prohibition to the disco days of Studio 54. And when her past starts catching up with her, her world implodes spectacularly.

ISBN 9780446696944, PaperBack

There are currently 11 Members Wishing for this book.

1 lucky member will win a brand-new copy.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this Blog post. You must be a PaperBackSwap member in good standing to win.

We will choose 1 winner at random from comments we receive here on the Blog from PBS members.

You have until Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 12 noon ET, to leave a comment.

Good Luck to everyone!


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51 Responses to “Free Book Friday – The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street”

  1. NancyMissy Cannon says:

    You had me at “ice cream” 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Susan Davis says:

    This one looks interesting!

  3. Eta K. (busyreading) says:

    I love Paperback Swap! Good Luck to everyone.

  4. Kelley Wallace says:

    I would love to read this!

  5. Michele W. (shellw) , says:

    Looks like an interesting read!

  6. Elizaberth Hardy says:

    Ooooooh, Would love a chance to win,

  7. Deena Cates says:

    Looks like a good read!!

  8. Sue Johnson says:

    I love books about immigrants making a new life for themselves.

  9. Tracy Kern says:

    I would love to win! I’m always looking for a new author to read! Sounds like a great book 🙂

  10. Stephen T. (composer) says:

    This would make a great gift for my sister!

  11. Sharon says:

    Sounds like a great read, added to my TBR. Thanks for letting us know about this book and author.

  12. Diana Petty-Stone says:

    I must read that book!

  13. Miriam S. M. says:

    I would love to have that book.

  14. Tina B. (bookshelftreasures) says:

    I love books set in this time frame where the poor immigrant becomes a well educated, wealthy, member of society. Reminds me of books I have loved such as “Evergreen” by: Belva Plain, or the books written by the wonderful Cinthia Freeman. I would LOVE to have this one!

  15. Diane Stefon says:

    Sounds like it is right up my alley, love reading about Italian immigrants being successful when they come to America. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  16. Marcie D. (mathnut5sister) , says:

    Reading and ice cream? What a dream come true!!

  17. Sue B says:

    I’ll take it.

  18. Linda Tibbetts says:

    I’m very fond of books that tell how someone made it, or how something came to be. Excellent books I’ve read recently include “Beneath a Marble Sky” the story of an Indian king and his wish to build the Taj Mahal; the Second Empress, story of an Austrian princess who is forced for political reasons to marry Napoleon Bonaparte; The Snowball, about Warren Buffett’s success in industry. This book would fit my taste very well. The ice cream theme is just, well, the icing on the cake.

  19. Dee Bailey says:

    This story sounds delightful, and a very positive approach to life when things become difficult. I’ll be happy to read about how she overcomes adversity.

  20. Denise C. (charb) says:

    Sounds delightful…

  21. Janet K Arkills says:

    I always life immigration stories that are positive in tone. I would love to have this one

  22. Judy Guelde says:

    Sounds like a wonderful story. Intriguing story line with a touch of history.

  23. Amanda says:

    Looks great!

  24. Lydia Orbach says:

    This so super interesting.

  25. This sounds to be one of those books that you can’t put down until the end! My grandparents on both sides came here to America to have a better life, which is probably why I am a fan of stories set at the beginning of the century.

  26. Joanne K. , says:

    Heard of this one, somewhere…. Would love to read it! Count me in.

  27. Desmond W. (desmond) says:

    Count me in, please!

  28. Ronnie says:

    Looks like a great read! Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Terry V. (mistyks) says:

    I would LOVE to win this one! Thanks, PBS!

  30. Nina P. (lmntree) says:

    Sounds good!

  31. Amanda Gray says:


  32. Wendy P. (wpoohd) says:

    Love a good historical fiction!

  33. Jay Newman says:

    I love ice cream.

  34. MSCOZY says:

    Sounds like a great story!! Good luck everyone!

  35. Stephen S. (schumann998) says:

    My wife is dying to read this

  36. Clare says:

    This sounds like a delicious read! Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  37. Cindy H. says:

    Pick me!

  38. Saundra B. (Wistroll) says:

    Looks good, count me in!

  39. Tanya Ruybal says:

    looks like a great book !

  40. mmm, I just had a bowl of ice-cream, what a good coincidence

  41. Lori says:

    Currently living in San Francisco’s Little Russia district makes me want to read this even more.

  42. Wendy Kitt says:

    Best Wishes to Everyone!!!

  43. Cheryl Cameron says:

    Sounds good. Please consider me, too.

  44. Kathryn Y. (coco45) says:

    Sounds like a good one, thanks!

  45. Kathryn Y. (coco45) says:

    Sounds like a good one, thanks.

  46. Klava D. says:

    Wow, sounds like a great story!

  47. Debra says:

    Sounds interesting! I love PaperBackSwap!

  48. Sandra Mason says:

    Sounds like a great read. Good luck everyone!

  49. Lisa says:

    I’d love to have a book about immigration to share with my daughter who is currently studying that in school.

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