The Tin Horse: A Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Advance praise for The Tin Horse
“Steinberg, the author of five mysteries, has transcended genre to weave a rich story that will appeal to readers who appreciate multigenerational immigrant family sagas as well as those who simply enjoy psychological suspense.”—BookPage
“Steinberg . . . has crafted a novel rich in faith, betrayal, and secrecy that explores the numerous ways people are shaped and haunted by their past. . . . A sweeping family saga reminiscent of the writing of Pat Conroy, where family secrets and flashbacks combine to create an engrossing tale of growth and loss. Highly recommended for fans of family drama and historical fiction.”—Library Journal
“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.”—Booklist
“In the wry and witty voice of retiree Elaine Greenstein, author Janice Steinberg brings the bygone Jewish immigrant L.A. neighborhood of Boyle Heights to vibrant life. Part mystery, part sister story, part family history, The Tin Horse is a completely immersive reading experience. I closed the pages feeling as though I’d lived another life.”—Margaret Dilloway, author of How to Be an American Housewife
“Steinberg’s novel introduced me to a dramatic piece of L.A.’s history through the story of the Greenstein family, set in prewar Jewish Boyle Heights. Fascinating and meticulously rendered.”—Janelle Brown, author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
About the Author
Janice Steinberg is an award-winning arts journalist who has published more than four hundred articles in The San Diego Union-Tribune, Dance Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. She is also the author of five mystery novels, including the Shamus Award–nominated Death in a City of Mystics. She has taught fiction writing at the University of California, San Diego, and dance criticism at San Diego State University. A native of Wisconsin, she received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of California, Irvine. She holds a blue belt in the Nia dance-fitness practice and teaches weekly classes. She lives in San Diego with her husband.
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Top Customer Reviews
I found the book interesting but quite repetitive and after trying to get through the story found it too verbose and lengthy.
However it is a charming novel and One that could be read on a cold winters evening.
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Scrupulously researched and characterized by evocative settings and penetrating insights into a half-forgotten time, The Tin Horse is a thought-provoking and delightful read!
This novel rooted in the Jewish community of Boyle Heights in the early part of the last century takes a fresh look at the humor, wonder and, sometimes, heartbreak of the American immigrant experience. It's also an unconventional detective story told by feisty, no-nonsense Elaine Greenstein, who appears as a minor figure in Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep. The author rescues the barely-sketched face from the noir-ness and completes the portrait to dazzling effect in Elaine.
I loved meeting up with such a memorable narrator: the kind of woman who manages both to surprise you and to make you feel you know her profoundly. California history, an engaging mystery, and a poignant, personal story all came together to make this book a captivating ride from beginning to end...times two.
This book is a rich, wonderful mystery. I picked it up after dinner (just to take a quick look), grudgingly put it down for a few hours of sleep, then restarted before breakfast! What a satisfying read!