Oh my, oh my…I just finished reading The Tin Horse: A Novel by Janice Steinberg.
Honestly, it’s one of the best books that I’ve read (actually listened to) in quite awhile. I love books that evolve slowly and this is one of those.
Elaine and Barbara twin sisters born 17 minutes apart but on different days grow up during the 1920s and ’30s, in the Los Angeles Jewish neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Coming from family’s that recently came to the US, the family strives to have Elaine and Barbara become successful girls. The story, told by Elaine is wonderful. She tells of childhood memories. She tells about teen years and dating. All of this in the background of what was happening in the world at the time including the build up to WWII and the treatment of Jewish people in general. The story shuffles back and forth to present day and back to childhood but unlike other authors, this author has that technique mastered.
Josh a young collegiate is helping 85 year old Elaine as she sorts through papers preparing to move to a retirement home. The college is very interested in documenting Elaine’s papers as she was a gifted lawyer representing many important cases. While sifting through the papers, Elaine finds something in a box of her families’ papers. A note that turns out to be a clue about the disappearance of her twin sister Barbara.
Elaine is wonderful. She is the perfect main character. She has spunk. She has charm. She is real. I fell in love with her and would have loved to have her as a grandma.
Amazon gives it 4.5 stars. I would agree. The only thing I didn’t like about the book that made it just on the edge of not believable is an 85 year old woman wanting to go snowmobiling. I know lots of women that age and I can’t think of one who would want to….you’ll understand once you read the book. But, that doesn’t make the book unbelievable. I still loved it.
You can find The Tin Horse: A Novel here on Amazon if you’re interested.