The Ice-cream Makers

The Ice-cream Makers

A Novel

Book - 2017
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In this international bestseller, a poet struggles to decide if he should put his family's or his own needs first when he returns to Italy help run the ice cream dynasty he left behind years ago in this charming tale perfect for fans of A Man Called Ove.

As the heir to a proud Northern Italian ice-cream dynasty, Giovanni Calamine's family is none too happy when he decides to break with tradition and travel the world as a notable poet. So when Giovanni receives an unexpected call from his brother, he is faced with a difficult decision: return home to serve in his family's interests or continue on his own path in life once and for all?

In a heartwarming tale that weaves history with lore and poetry with delicious culinary curiosities, The Ice-Cream Makers paints a century-long, multigenerational portrait of a family wrestling with the conflicting pulls of legacy and desire.
Publisher: New York : 37 Ink, Atria, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2016.
ISBN: 9781501159398
Characteristics: 312 pages ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Vroomen, Laura - Translator


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Sep 28, 2017

I don't know if it's the translation or the flipping from past to present and from Italy to the Netherlands that makes this book unravel. It was interesting to hear about seasonal migrant ice cream makers, and particularly the generational pull and development of flavours, but it was downright depressing to read about the expectations from father to son that made some family members sacrifice so much. Give it a pass.

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