Page Turners Book Club
The Page Turners Book Club meets on a monthly basis to gather in fellowship and discuss the book they are reading together. Anyone who is an avid reader is always welcome to join them.
The Page Turners Book Club is meeting on Thursday July 30th at the home of Joan Schillinger. Please join us at 7 pm as we discuss The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman. All are welcome. Any questions please call Pam Craighead 215-850-7616.
In 1913, little Malka Treynovsky flees Russia with her family. 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 ice 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 at stake.