What I’m Reading: The Tin Horse

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.

6 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Tin Horse”

  1. I am an audiobook junkie..and now that I can rent them from the library I’m never without a story. I started listening to “Tin Horse” last week..got sidetracked by “Velma Jean Learns To Drive” by Jennifer Niven. Jenna Lamia does the reading and I have to say she is my favorite. Listened to her first with the book “Moon Over Manifest” by Claire Vanderpool and then went on to listen to “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” by Beth Hoffman. She also read “the Help”. Just love her. For something different one of my favorite all time listen to again & again books is “The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss and read by George Guidall. Fabulous story!

  2. I don’t know about that. It sounds like a description of my Grandma and for her 80th birthday the only thing she wanted was a ride on her son’s (my dad) motorcycle, and she got it too! She lived to be 2 weeks short of 101 and we had her memorial service on her 101st birthday. That’s how they got the description of Spunky!

  3. Do you read your audio books through your Kindle Fire? If so could you explain how that works. Do you need an app? Can I use my ear plugs from my I-pod. How does it work when renting one from the library?
    I love to read on my Kindle, but I feel like so much time is wasted just reading alone. Sewing and listening to a book would be so much better.
    Please make a post on how it all works? Thank you

  4. My grandmother lost her hearing shortly after her last baby and so was never able to drive. When she was 75 years old my uncle put her in a snowmobile suit and she drove a snowmobile. The grin on her face was worth a thousand dollars. That was a new freedom that she had never had. She made the local paper. Bless her heart she was just the best grandma in the whole world. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss her still.

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