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"The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street"

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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 live with a gorgeous, illiterate radical named Albert, and they set off across American in an ice cream truck. Slowly, she transforms herself into Lilian Dunkle, “The Ice Cream Queen”–doyenne of an empire of ice cream franchises and a celebrated television personality.

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