Portland Book Review

The Tin Horse is not a book to be rushed through; instead you will want to savor each and every page.”

Seniye Groff, Portland Book Review

Lilith Magazine

“… in the midst of our current obsession with writing frankly about the indignities of aging and our bad feelings about our necks and waistlines, Steinberg offers a refreshingly vital look at her older characters. The novel is realistic enough to include some of the aches and pains that come with this stage of life, but there are new possibilities in her characters’ lives for relationships precisely because their responsibilities and commitments have changed.”

“California’s Jewish Girls,” Spring, 2013

Popcorn Reads

The Tin Horse is not just full of incredible insight into the period in general and Los Angeles in particular, but it provides rich insight into how each generation of an immigrant family evolves and grows. … I don’t often make author comparisons, but I do believe this novel compares favorably to works by Lisa See and Maeve Binchy. I was certainly spellbound from the first page.”

MK,  “A Rich Multi-generational Tribute,” Popcorn Reads

Book Diva

“The reader has their senses filled with the aromas of the delis, the clothes of the time, the household interiors, the city life with cultural mores and cultural differences. Daily life interactions, both inside the house and the external activities are portrayed with vibrant word-images. The reader can replay, in their mind, the settings with full details due to Steinberg’s masterful writing. The Tin Horse, by Janice Steinberg, although a book, is almost like taking a trip back in time, a travelogue presented to us in full.”

Book Diva

Jewish Book World

“This beautifully written novel, spanning from the 1920s to the present day, tells the story of several generations of a large Jewish family in California. … Steinberg paints the locales vividly and the story and dialogue flow well.”

San Francisco Book 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.”

Megan Rynott, San Francisco Book Review

Historical Novel Review – Editors’ Choice

“The Tin Horse offers that rare delight: a sophisticated, character-driven book with a suspenseful, hard-to-put-down plot. … The role of Elaine’s Romanian immigrant mother and the twists in her story will wham you with their humanity and depth. No clichés here.”

Judith Starkston, Historical Novel Review

Writers Read

My take on The Lotus Eaters, a luminous novel by Tatjana Soli

Writers Read, Campaign for the American Reader

Jewish Daily Forward

“Steinberg … is adept at creating a page-turning narrative that moves almost seamlessly between past and present … (She) evokes the Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights, in its melting-pot heyday of the 1920s and ’30s, with engaging authenticity.”

Thriller Writer Janice Steinberg Preaches Gospel of Second Chances, Jewish Daily Forward, April 19, 2013


Tin Horse makes “Your Top 20 Books of 2013 (so far)”


San Diego Magazine

Your Shelf Life – 5 Books to Read This Month

San Diego Magazine, April 2013

Los Angeles Jewish Journal

“As soon as I finished Janice Steinberg’s new novel “The Tin Horse,” I gave a copy to my 100-year-old Grandma Bea. Steinberg’s richly textured Jewish family narrative echoes my own Bubbe’s past — and that of so many other Jews who moved to Los Angeles in the first part of the 20th century.”

Sharon Rosen Leib, Los Angeles Jewish Journal

AudioFile review of audiobook

“Narrator Kate McGregor-Stewart so thoroughly embraces Elaine’s character that listeners will have to remind themselves the story is fiction. … Her expressive reading makes this an outstanding audiobook experience. C.B.L. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


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

“A salty octogenarian with a legendary law career stumbles upon a clue involving her long lost twin sister, sparking a flood of youthful memories.”

O Magazine

Los Angeles Times

Janice Steinberg discusses the Boyle Heights mystery girl in “Tin Horse”

Los Angeles Times, Feb. 24, 2013


Interview on The BookRadio Show

Beth Fish Reads

“… a beautifully written novel of a family whose internal dynamics are unique to them yet at the same time common to many families in the early twentieth century. I’m going to be vague and general in my discussion because Steinberg’s plotting is so well constructed it would be a shame to spoil the way she teases out the clues to multiple family truths and mysteries.”

Beth Fish Reads

The Page 69 Test

A feature of Campaign for the American Reader, the Page 69 Test involves looking at p. 69 of your book and seeing how it reflects the book as a whole. Sounds kooky, but I was amazed to see how representative my p. 69 was.

The Page 69 Test, Campaign for the American Reader

San Diego Jewish Journal

“A Search for Sisterhood”

San Diego Jewish Journal, March, 2013

Publishers Weekly

“Steinberg’s (Death in a City of Mystics) careful and satisfying characterizations extend to neighbors and friends as well, creating a vibrant portrait of community.”

Publishers Weekly

Literary Hoarders

“This is definitely going to be up there as one of my favourite books read in 2013 I’m certain! Great read!”

Literary Hoarders

Shelf Awareness

“A rich drama of family identity set in the historic Jewish community of Los Angeles.”

Cherie Ann Parker, Shelf Awareness

Library Journal

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


“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.”


“The grace and rhythm of the novel are provided by its poignant portrayal of the messiness of sibling rivalry, young love and economic hardship, something that wreaks havoc within even loving families. … a rich story that will appeal to readers who appreciate multigenerational immigrant family sagas as well as those who simply enjoy psychological suspense.”

Karen Culotta, “Clues Hidden in Memory, BookPage

The ProsenPeople

Guest blogs for the Jewish Book Council/Jewish Daily Forward ProsenPeople feature:

The Beauty of Broken English

Hearing the Women’s Songs – in Torah and in The Big Sleep

Djewess Unchained

The Last Jew of Boyle Heights

Wall Street Journal

Word Craft: “Scenes from an Editing ‘Marriage,'” January 26, 2013

My article for the WSJ about the experience of working with Kendra Harpster at Random House

UT San Diego

“Pride and Panic as Big Day Approaches, January 27, 2013

Diary of a book launch