Gilman, Susan Jane

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Susan Jane Gilman lives in Geneva, Switzerland. She has appeared on the Today show, Men Are from Mars, ABC World News Now, and Iyanla.  She has been featured in USA Today, Ms. Magazine, Bust, and Glamour

A feminist writer and humorist, she published her first piece of fiction in The Village Voice when she was seventeen, and her stories can be found in Ploughshares and Story.  Her non-fiction and op ed pieces have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Ms, the LA Times and The New York Observer.  She contributes regularly to National Public Radio, hosting a monthly book review show. 

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The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street, Grand Central Publishing, July 2015

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, Grand Central Publishing, 2009 (Non-fiction)

Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress,  Warner Books, 2005 (Non-fiction)

Kiss My Tiara, Grand Central Publishing, 2001 (Non-fiction)


"Big-hearted . . . . [A] smart, darkly comic story, which is perfect for a summer weekend read. . . .Gilman understands the great sweep of the 20th century, from life in a tenement on Orchard Street, to Italian Communists, Joe McCarthy, McDonald's franchises, suburbanization and, of course, the history of ice cream in America. She blends it in a delicious swirl, and adds a topical spin."―Chicago Tribune ("Editor's Choice”)

"A tasty summertime treat. . . . A rich literary feast of 31 flavors (and twice that many colors, scents and sounds), Ice Cream Queen is a familiar schmatta-to-silk brocade story of immigrant New York.... Ice Cream Queen is polished yet pointed, deceptively cheery but shaded in the sinister - an upside-down, funhouse treat. In short, the kiddie-cup conclusion? You'll lick it up."―USA Today

"We all scream [for] Susan Jane Gilman's novel, The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street."―TIME

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