We All Scream: The Fall of the Gifford’s Ice Cream Empire

For more than 70 years, Gifford’s Ice Cream and Candy Company was associated with nothing but pleasure for native Washingtonians and visitors to the nation’s capital. Few knew the dark truth… Behind the iconic business’s happy facade lay elaborate schemes, a crushing bankruptcy, two million dollars of missing cash, and a tragic suicide. As the last Gifford heir unfolds his story with remarkable immediacy and candor, he reveals the byzantine betrayals and intrigue rooted in the company from its modest beginnings—dark influences that would ultimately destroy the legendary Gifford business and its troubled founding family.

“The most frightening book I’ve read about Washington since Newt Gingrich’s Understanding Trump. A Southern Gothic for the DC area. Loved it.”

Mike Sacks

Vanity Fair

“Despite the sweetness of this family’s product, Gifford survived one of the most brutal and heartbreaking childhoods ever to be committed to the page. His ability to translate such sad memories into fine art is a mark of his resilience and testament to the strength of the human spirit.”
Cathy Alter

Author of "Crush"

We All Scream is an unflinching tell-all about how what one sees, and even tastes, is not always reality.”
Eshani Surya

Atticus Review

“The story Gifford tells is so much more than of the demise of an American ice cream empire. With its twists and mysteries, some unsolved to the end, it’s a riveting ride.”

Judith Beermann

The Georgetown Dish

“An embattled and fought-over ice cream empire gone bust, three generations of a deeply disturbed and troubled family, missing people and millions of dollars gone, and myriad unsolved mysteries. Andrew Gifford’s life is a kind of living ‘potboiler’ of a book, a riveting read. Gifford is a very gifted writer. I was mesmerized. Very highly recommended.”

Tim Bazzett

Author of "Booklover"

“This amazing, harrowing tale of the Washington D.C. Ice Cream Family makes it deeply clear that what looks sweet on the surface begs for further investigation. I read the book in one sitting– a brave, dark story of dysfunction.”

A.M. Homes

Author of "May We Be Forgiven " and "The End of Alice"

“What begins as a behind-the-scenes scoop on the implosion of a beloved ice cream dynasty transforms into a harrowing tale of self discovery. Gifford writes with a scathing honesty that spares no one – himself least of all. Bittersweet and brilliantly wrought.”
Nevin Martell

Food writer and author of "Freak Show Without a Tent."

“Fascinating and horrifying, We All Scream is a well-crafted memoir that attempts to peel away the layers of a troubled family mired in decades of abuse, disappointment, and scandal. It is a son’s attempt to understand and reconstruct his parents, coming to the realization that, as with life, sometimes there are no answers. The book is at times a detective story, a coming-of-age tale, a personal memoir, and a therapeutic rage at fate. I will never eat ice cream at an ice cream parlor again without thinking of this book and how something so sweet can turn so very bitter.”
Tara Laskowski

Editor of Smokelong Quarterly, author of "Bystanders"