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
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