Janice Steinberg wrote her first training-wheels novel during a summer on Vancouver Island. She has since authored five mystery novels published by Berkley, including the Shamus Award-nominated Death in a City of Mystics, set in Israel. She has taught novel-writing at the University of California, San Diego extension, private workshops and is a veteran of multiple critique groups. She is also an award-winning arts journalist and received a New York Times-NEA fellowship to the Institute for Dance Criticism. She holds a blue belt in the Nia dance-fitness practice and lives in San Diego with her husband. Here are some pretty groovy reviews of The tin horse: Booklist: “Steinberg’s quietly suspenseful novel is compelling by virtue of her sympathetic characters, vivid depiction of WWII-era Los Angeles, and pinpoint illuminations of poverty, anti-Semitism, family bonds and betrayals, and the crushing obstacles facing women seeking full and fulfilling lives.” San Francisco Literary Review: “The book has many elements that could define it: a mystery, the time period, the characters, yet, none of these elements succeeds in providing a definition. They all work together seamlessly to create a heart wrenching family drama, an enlightening perspective on historical events, and a story of an immigrant generation’s American experience.” Visit her website here.
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Janice Steinberg is familiar to Mysterious Galaxy’s readers for her work in the mystery field, including founding the San Diego chapter of Sisters in Crime and her Margo Simon series. Her new novel, The Tin Horse, has mystery elements, but more also is an exploration of family, sisterhood, history and the immigrant experience of a Jewish family in early 20th century Los Angeles.
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Janice Steinberg is familiar to MG’s readers for her work in the mystery field, including founding the San Diego chapter of Sisters in Crime and her Margo Simon series. Her new novel, The Tin Horse, has mystery elements, but more easily fits into our curated fiction section, with its exploration of family, sisterhood, history and the immigrant experience of one Jewish family in early 20th century Los Angeles.
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Award-winning Arts journalist Janice Steinberg will be at Warwick's on Tuesday, January 29th at 7:30pm to discuss and sign her novel The tin horse.
In the stunning tradition of Lisa See, Maeve Binchy, and Alice Hoffman, The tin horse is a rich multigenerational story about the intense, often fraught bond sisters share and the dreams and sorrows that lay at the heart of the immigrant experience.
It has been more than sixty years since Elaine Greenstein's twin sister, Barbara, ran away, cutting off contact with her family forever. Elaine has made peace with that loss. But while sifting through old papers as she prepares to move to Rancho Manana--or the "Ranch of No Tomorrow" as she refers to the retirement community--she is stunned to find a possible hint to Barbara's whereabouts all these years later. And it pushes her to confront the fierce love and bitter rivalry of their youth during the 1920s and '30s, in the Los Angeles Jewish neighborhood of Boyle Heights.
Though raised together in Boyle Heights, where kosher delis and storefront signs in Yiddish lined the streets, Elaine and Barbara staked out very different personal territories. Elaine was thoughtful and studious, encouraged to dream of going to college, while Barbara was a bold rule-breaker whose hopes fastened on nearby Hollywood. In the fall of 1939, when the girls were eighteen, Barbara's recklessness took an alarming turn. Leaving only a cryptic note, she disappeared.
In an unforgettable voice layered with humor and insight, Elaine delves into the past. She recalls growing up with her spirited family: her "luftmensch "of a grandfather, a former tinsmith with tales from the Old Country; her papa, who preaches the American Dream even as it eludes him; her mercurial mother, whose secret grief colors her moods--and of course audacious Barbara and their younger sisters, Audrey and Harriet. As Elaine looks back on the momentous events of history and on the personal dramas of the Greenstein clan, she must finally face the truth of her own childhood, and that of the twin sister she once knew.
In The tin horse, Janice Steinberg exquisitely unfolds a rich multigenerational story about the intense, often fraught bonds between sisters, mothers, and daughters and the profound and surprising ways we are shaped by those we love. At its core, it is a book not only about the stories we tell but, more important, those we believe, especially the ones about our very selves.
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