“… a novel rich in faith, betrayal, and secrecy that explores the numerous ways people are shaped and haunted by their past.”
Library Journal


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 she  is stunned to find a possible hint to Barbara’s whereabouts all these years later and is pushed into confronting the fierce love and bitter rivalry of their youth.  READ MORE

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O Magazine, “16 Books to Pick Up This March” (2013)

First Prize – Fiction, San Diego Book Awards

Nominee, Salt Lake County Library Readers Choice Award

Jewish Book Council staff pick


The Tin Horse is being published in Italy, Brazil, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, and Japan.
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“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,
The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns and 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,
All We Ever Wanted Was Everything