Lillian Dunkle, "the Ice Cream Queen, tells her story, beginning with the year 1913 when her family fled from Russia to America. Her mother wanted to go to Southafrica, but Lillian´s (at that time her name was Malka Traynovsky), dad changes the tickets for America, But life there is not "golden" at all, but difficult, poor and dangerous.
Then an incident happens which changes her life. She has to learn to survive without her family, living with an Italian family of ice cream
makers. She learns everything about ice making and this is the beginning of a slow and difficult start into her business of a successful ice cream making.
Although being fiction, the novel is based on the American history and is also the history of ice cream making and TV shows. The book is written like an autobiography, Lillian Dunkle tells the story of her live, switching between present and past - with many cliffhangers in the chapters about the events in the past, to keep the story going and to maintain the interest of the readers.
This story without doubt is very interesting, because it shows the dangerous, poor conditions, the immigrants had to deal with in the “American Dream”, just to survive. But it was quite difficult for me to finish a 572 pages novel, when I absolutely can find no sympathy for the main protaginist Lillian Dunkle. From the very beginning, she is egoistic, steals and lies if it is necessary to keep her business growing and earning more and more money. Maybe understandable from her background, she had to be a fighter, but as it is fiction, I had liked her to be a little bit more human and likeable.