Water for elephants: a novel

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Algonquin Books, May 26, 2006 - Fiction - 335 pages
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A novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932. When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.--From publisher description.

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Sara Gruen’s writing is hypnotic. The story is truly one of the best. It's perfect, tender, and rich. The author admirably convey the leading character's life in a full circle. The story will remain with you. I look forward on reading this novel again and again. I would very highly recommend it. Read full review

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I wasn't expecting so much drama here, but there it was. It made for a page turner story. More than that though I really enjoyed the storytelling. Besides, who doesn't like the circus. The element of ... Read full review

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