PRESS AND REVIEWS

"I was beyond hooked by the story of a young woman coming of age in Chicago in the early part of the 20th Century." -- (Interview, WGN Radio, Chicago, May 7, 2017) After Hours with Rick Kogan 

"I am in the studio with a novelist, short story writer, Ronna Wineberg...I was so taken with her book, her novel, On Bittersweet Place...I said come on in here, and we'll talk more about this remarkable novel, your first..." -- (Interview, WGN Radio, Chicago, July 16, 2017) After Hours with Rick Kogan 

"The power of Ronna Wineberg's writing lies in her ability to create lovable characters. From the moment her stories begin, you feel for these smart, intense, highly self-critical men and women who inhabit the pages." -- (Review of Nine Facts That Can Change Your LifeJewish Book Council  

"The Nature of Choice and Relationship" -- Psychology Today 

"My Father's Letters" -- Visiting Scribe Series, Jewish Book Council

"Researching and Writing Short Stories" -- Visiting Scribe Series, Jewish Book Council 

"National Short Story Month- Mini-interview - Ronna Wineberg" -- Emerging Writers Network

"...the fifteen stories comprising Ronna Wineberg's Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life are true literary gems by a writer with a genuine flair for deftly crafting truly memorable characters." -- (The Fiction Shelf) Midwest Book Review

"Writing, Compiling, and Arranging Short Stories in a Collection." -- Writers Digest

"Women and Children First Bookstore Review -- A Tale of Two Authors" by Barbara Keer. -- Splash Magazine

"Wineberg's coming-of-age story of Lena Czernitski, a young Russian Jew who has fled the Ukraine with her family to brave the challenges of assimilation in 1920's Chicago, has all the elements of a classic. It is a lovely novel with a heroine of depth, intelligence, and tremendous heart." -- (Interview and Excerpt) Shelf Unbound 

"Jewish Literature Isn't Dead: It's Being Written By Women" by Erika Dreifus.— Literary Hub

"Even an Hour is Helpful: an Interview with Ronna Wineberg." –– Fiction Writers Review

"Ronna Wineberg: 'Nine Facts' About Writing a Collection of Stories"-- Read Her Like an Open Book

"Ronna Wineberg's Ten Rules for Writing a Short Story Collection." –– The Story Prize

"Ronna Wineberg focuses on the constant state of flux between lovers, friends, and families in her new collection of stories. Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life features fifteen vignettes about emotional mutability and the small, silent decisions that precipitate big changes..." –– Village Voice

"Wineberg (Second Language, 2005) follows up her novel with this emotional short story collection...The author doesn't resolve anything too cleanly or neatly, which is something she does quite well throughout this collection. It gives the stories more weight and makes them feel more real, and it also makes the tension between old and new lives more acute. There's still more to each story after the author is finished with her characters, and that's what makes this collection so satisfying." –– Kirkus Reviews 

"Wineberg plays with our phony sense of certainty and entices us instead to live in a probabilistic cloud of opportunity and possibility--far more promising and self-actualizing. Characters in her collection leave behind the variables that have defined their lives--marriage, religion, community--and befriend strangers in hopes of making new connections and finding new joy." (Interview)  –– Bloom 

"Wineberg's...skills as a short story writer stand out. The stories in this collection reveal increasing energy, skill, and sensitivity as the stories progress. They are moving and beautiful." –– Splash Magazine  

Interview: Tiferet Talk –– Episode 58 (podcast)

"Told in the first person, this is a highly engaging story with a thoughtful and believable protagonist. It would be of interest to adults and older teens. Highly recommended for synagogue and high school libraries." –– Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews

"Lesa Lockford expertly captures the voice of Lena as she moves through adolescence into adulthood, from an unsure girl afraid she will never speak unaccented English to a confident, successful woman. Wineberg's (Second Language) quintessential American story of belonging, family life, heritage, and pursuing the American dream will resonate with listeners." ––Library Journal (audiobook review)

"Wineberg does an outstanding job of capturing the universal immigrant experience, in this case through the specific example of Russian Jews who have fled the pogroms, and the vibrant and unpredictable nature of life in Roaring 20’s Chicago." –– Read Her Like an Open Book

"Parnassus Books best-sellers –– The Tennessean

"Ronna Wineberg’s On Bittersweet Place (Relegation Books) is a familiar story told with new rhythms. A first novel, this is an immigrant tale of a young Russian Jew who flees Ukraine with her family as a 10-year old and grows up in Chicago in the jazz age 1920s. The writing is compelling, the story universal." –– The Jewish Week

"Two new novels tell Jewish Chicago women's tales" –– JUF News

"Ronna Wineberg’s vision is, indeed, pleasingly paradoxical: it does not bind the reader to one way of reasoning, An important touchstone for this is when Lena’s father, trying to improve his English, reads negative review of Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy: “To me, Theodore Dreiser’s books have no beauty. They are always badly written.” Lena’s father recognizes that this does not mean Dreiser is not worth learning about, that it’s “important to learn about books, even ones you will never read.” This wisdom-reminiscent of a more liberal and inclusive version of E. D.  Hirsch’s 'cultural literacy’, is indicative of how On Bittersweet Place does not insist on its own lyrical, austere intimate approach to history as normative, even as we see in its pages how advantageous, as least at our current moment, this mode might be.

On Bittersweet Place is an exemplary novel in itself, but also a lesson in how twenty-first century fiction can use both the thematic scope of postmodernism and the asceticism of mainstream modernism to tread its own path, even if, in this case, the path is a bittersweet one." –– The Tropes of Tenth Street
 
"[Lena] is a remarkable young woman with a spirited edge. Wineberg presents an insight into a world unknown and unimagined by most readers, but a world that has become increasingly familiar in our changing times.  Although globalism and immigration patterns have shifted from Europe to world-wide populations, Lena's perspective illustrates not just the difficulties associated with adolescence, but the suffering that occurs when unwelcomed foreigners are marginalized, taunted, and abused. Unfortunately, the story remains current and potent." –– Literature, Arts and Medicine Database, New York University School of Medicine
 
"an impressive and moving coming of age story" –– Largehearted Boy
 

"Ronna Wineberg has brought this period of American history in Chicago to life. Lena’s story not only provides a glimpse into the life of a Jewish immigrant and her family in the ‘20s but lets readers rejoice in the beauty of Lena’s growth and her ability to see good in a world that has not always appreciated her." –– Jewish Book Council

"On Bittersweet Place has a modest scope, but in the background there are questions of identity, the evolution of cities in the 20th century, and the minute effects of sweeping historical change. The contrast Wineberg achieves is impressive." –– Tobias Carroll, The Forward
 
"I think On Bittersweet Place is relevant to today’s immigrants.  Immigrants still need to overcome difficult obstacles, the same obstacles the characters in On Bittersweet Place faced: learning a new language, finding work and housing, understanding a new culture, and dealing with prejudice.  Today’s immigrants still have to re-invent themselves and make a home in an unfamiliar place." –– Splash Magazine, Los Angeles edition (interview)
 
"Perhaps the greatest strength of On Bittersweet Place is its simple prose, which makes the book easily accessible. Oftentimes, a book is written from a child’s perspective yet is narrated in an embellished, complicated voice. However, this novel maintains a straightforward voice, one that Lena could have had. This prose not only renders the story more compelling but is also appropriate for one of Lena’s bigger struggles: communicating boldly with those around her." –– Harvard Crimson
 
"Everything Changes: An Interview with Ronna Wineberg" –– The Millions
 

"On Bittersweet Place is as much the coming-of-age story of the Midwest as a diverse and thriving urban center as it is Lena’s." –– Bloom (plus an excerpt as well)

"promising first novel" –– Kirkus Reviews

"The novel — Wineberg’s first, following her acclaimed story collection Second Language — concerns Lena Czernitski, a young Russian Jewish immigrant trying to find her place in the glamour and darkness of 1920s Chicago." ––The Millions' Most-Anticipated Fall Preview, 2014 (recommended by Emily Mandel)

"Relegation makes its move to a bigger stage this year, releasing its first book in September: On Bittersweet Place by Ronna Wineberg." –– Washingtonian

For Second Language:

Chicago Splash, 2012
Review of Second Language eBook

Medical Ethics and Humanities, 2009
Review of " A Crossing"

Literature, Arts & Medicine, 2007
Review by Lois LaCivita Nixon, MD

Jewish Book World, Spring 2007
Review of Second Language

Other Voices #45, 2006
Review of Second Language by Kelly Savala

Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction, 2006

Ronna Wineberg is chosen as the runner-up for prize honoring a Jewish fiction writer.

"Opening Lines" Author's Guild, Spring 2006 
A Profile of Ronna Wineberg by Nicholas Weinstock

Writing Women's Voices: An Emerging Writers Network 21st Century Salon, May 31, 2006  
Introduction by Lauren Cerand

Small Spiral Notebook, Spring 2006
Reviews by Jaclyn Thomas and Steven Hansen

The Practicing Writer, January 2006
An interview with Ronna Wineberg by Erica Dreifus

North Dakota Spectrum, December 2005
Review by Jeff Armstrong

LA Splash  November, 2005
A reading at the Bookstore at Chestnut Court by Barbara Keer

The Denver Post, September 4, 2005
Two Local Writers' Hard Work, Talent Rewarded by David Milofsky