The Country of Ice Cream Star

The Country of Ice Cream Star

Sandra Newman

My name be Ice Cream Fifteen Star and this be the tale of how I bring the cure to all the Nighted States, save every poory children, short for life. Is how a city die for selfish love, and rise from this same smallness. Be how the new America begin, in wars against all hope – a country with no power in a world that hate its life. So been the faith I sworn, and it ain’t evils in no world nor cruelties in no red hell can change the vally heart of Ice Cream Star. In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star and her people survive by scavenging in the detritus of an abandoned civilization.

Theirs is a world of children – by the time they reach twenty, each of them will die from a disease they call posies. When her brother sickens, Ice Cream sets out on the trail of a cure, led by a stranger whose intentions remain unclear. It’s a quest that will lead her to love and heartbreak, to captivity and to a nation’s throne, and ultimately into a war that threatens to doom everyone she loves.

Explore the other winners

Shortlist announced - 21 Apr

Stay in the loop

Enter your email to be the first to know the latest news from the Women's Prize For Fiction

VOTE

Vote for your favourite #WomensPrize winner

Cast your vote for your favourite #ReadingWomen book and decide who will be our Winner of Winners in our 25th year.

Favourite book Live

  • A Spell of Winter
    5% 115 / 2.2k
  • Fugitive Pieces
    1% 45 / 2.2k
  • Larry's Party
    1% 32 / 2.2k
  • A Crime in the Neighborhood
    0% 16 / 2.2k
  • When I Lived in Modern Times
    0% 17 / 2.2k
  • The Idea of Perfection
    0% 13 / 2.2k
  • Bel Canto
    4% 91 / 2.2k
  • Property
    0% 10 / 2.2k
  • Small Island
    8% 201 / 2.2k
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
    8% 182 / 2.2k
  • On Beauty
    3% 74 / 2.2k
  • Half of a Yellow Sun
    19% 450 / 2.2k
  • The Road Home
    2% 55 / 2.2k
  • Home
    2% 52 / 2.2k
  • The Lacuna
    2% 62 / 2.2k
  • The Tiger's Wife
    1% 32 / 2.2k
  • The Song of Achilles
    11% 260 / 2.2k
  • May We Be Forgiven
    1% 32 / 2.2k
  • A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
    2% 59 / 2.2k
  • How to be Both
    4% 101 / 2.2k
  • The Glorious Heresies
    2% 59 / 2.2k
  • The Power
    4% 111 / 2.2k
  • Home Fire
    6% 143 / 2.2k
  • An American Marriage
    4% 104 / 2.2k
Win a set of our 2020 shortlist!

Sign up for the Women's Prize for Fiction newsletter and win a stack of this year's six shortlisted books.

(We will send you occasional emails full of author interviews, extracts and audio, and you can unsubscribe anytime. Please read our privacy policy for more information).