Long known for sharp-eyed reportage and commentary for the The New York Times
and NPR's All Things Considered
, author Susan Jane Gilman comes to Sixth & I to discuss her fiction debut, The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street: A Novel
. An author of three bestselling nonfiction books, Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven
, Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress
and Kiss My Tiara
, Gilman uses her keen sense of American history to spin the tale of how one crippled, abandoned immigrant became "The Ice Cream Queen of America." Spanning 70 years, the novel is a triple portrait of old New York, 20th century America, and the extraordinary life of a woman determined to find success on her own terms. Stick around: There will be a book signing (and ice cream!) after the event.
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