BOOKS! Sometimes You Can’t Judge a Book by its Title
One of my book clubs read a book this month that has an unfortunate title: The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street (by Susan Jane Gilman). It sounded silly to me; what would there be to discuss?
The cover is also bad: a woman wearing a full skirt, shown from the waist down, with cute ballet flats, standing next to a fallen ice cream cone.
Well, was I wrong! I was totally enthralled with the story of an immigrant family developing an ice cream business back in the early days. The primary female character was a mover & shaker who had been severely injured as a child, which resulted in her being lame.
(That’s why I hate the cover: the main character had a mis-shapen leg and could never be pictured with trim, matching limbs.)
Anyway, I loved the story. It’s historial fiction with the story-of-ice-cream facts intact.
I highly recommend this book. It’s a page-turner with a heroine you can enjoy and kind of hate at the same time.
(But I believe the author could have reached a wider audience had the publishing company been more savvy.)
Thanks, insomniac. That sounds like an intriguing book–one that I probably wouldn’t have noticed had you not written about it.
Oops–I mis-typed "historical."
Thanks for the positive remarks, flyby2! (What sort of things have you written?)
As an author myself, I am happy to see someone who still enjoys reading books. Your critique makes me want to buy it . Thank you for your recommendation.
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09.13.15 10:16 PM