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Sara Gruen - Author

About the Author

Sara Gruen's first bestselling novel Riding Lessons was published in 2004. She lives with her husband, three children, five cats, two goats, a dog, and a horse. Many of the characters and incidents in the novel are based on real people and true stories gleaned from her extensive research into the world of travelling circuses during the 1930s.

Featured books by Sara Gruen

At the Water's Edge

At the Water's Edge

Author: Sara Gruen Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/02/2016

1945. After disgracing themselves at a high society party, spoilt young Philadelphia socialites Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off from the family without a penny. Ellis decides their salvation will be to hunt down the Loch Ness Monster, a venture his father very publicly failed at. So, oblivious to WW2 raging around them, they make their way to the Scottish Highlands, where Maddie has to face reality and decide just who the real monsters are.

Water for Elephants a Novel

Water for Elephants a Novel

Author: Sara Gruen Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/2011

  When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits -- the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth -- a second-rate travelling circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. Jacob, a veterinary student who almost earned his degree, 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.

Other books by Sara Gruen

Sara Gruen Collection

Sara Gruen Collection

Author: Sara Gruen Format: eBook Release Date: 10/10/2016

FROM INTERNATIONALLY-BESTSELLING AUTHOR SARA GRUEN, A COLLECTION OF HER MOST BELOVED NOVELS'ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST COMPELLING STORYTELLERS' Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help1 - WATER FOR ELEPHANTSThe international phenomenon - with over 10 million copies sold, made into a film with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.'I loved Water for Elephants' Stephen King'You are so immersed in circus life that you are blinded by the thrilling, fatal dazzle of sequins and sawdust' The Telegraph'An imaginative modern fairy story, teeming with eccentric characters' The Times The Great Depression 1929 - when Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits in the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth a second-rate travelling circus struggling to survive making one-night stands in town after endless town. He meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, 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...2 - AT THE WATER'S EDGEA gripping and poignant love story set in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands at the end of the Second World War.'The only fault I can find with this book is that I've already finished it' Jodi Picoult'Truly enthralling' Scotsman'Breathtaking' Harper's Bazaar1945. After disgracing themselves at a high society party, spoilt young Philadelphia socialites Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off from the family without a penny. Ellis decides their salvation will be to hunt down the Loch Ness Monster, a venture his father very publicly failed at. So, oblivious to WW2 raging around them, they make their way to the Scottish Highlands, where Maddie has to face reality and decide just who the real monsters are.3 - APE HOUSE The New York Times bestseller.'If you love animals like I do, it's a must read' Ellen DeGeneres'Had me instantly enraptured' Dallas Morning News'Wildly entertaining' Booklist (starred review)These bonobos are no ordinary apes. Like others of their species, they are capable of reason and carrying on deep relationships - but, unlike most bonobos, they also know American Sign Language.Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn't understand people, but animals she gets, especially the bonobos. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she's ever felt among humans . . . until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what's really going on inside.When an explosion tears apart the lab, severly injuring Isabel and 'liberating' the apes to an unknown destination, John's human interest piece turns into the story of a lifetime.

At the Water's Edge

At the Water's Edge

Author: Sara Gruen Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/02/2016

1945. After disgracing themselves at a high society party, spoilt young Philadelphia socialites Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off from the family without a penny. Ellis decides their salvation will be to hunt down the Loch Ness Monster, a venture his father very publicly failed at. So, oblivious to WW2 raging around them, they make their way to the Scottish Highlands, where Maddie has to face reality and decide just who the real monsters are.

Die Frau am See

Die Frau am See

Author: Sara Gruen Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2015

Erfolgsautorin Sara Gruen ("e;Wasser fur die Elefanten"e;) legt mit ihrem neuen New-York-Times-Bestseller eine fesselnde und ergreifende Geschichte in einem abgelegenen Dorf in den schottischen Highlands vor. "e;Eine bewegende Liebesgeschichte: ein schottisches Downton Abbey"e;, urteilt Publishers Weekly. Im Januar 1945 reist die wohlhabende Maddie zusammen mit ihrem Ehemann Ellis und dessen bestem Freund in ein abgelegenes Dorf in den schottischen Highlands. Der exzentrische Ellis will die Existenz der sagenumwobenen Nessie beweisen, Krieg hin oder her. Ausgestattet mit Fernglas, Kompass und Kamera begeben sich die beiden Mnner Tag fr Tag auf Exkursion. Maddie bleibt allein zurck in der kargen Pension dieses fremden Ortes. Immer strker stellt sie ihr bisheriges Leben in Frage. Wer ist sie, und was will sie? Da lernt sie die Menschen der Pension kennen, zwei Mgde und den geheimnisvollen Pensionsbesitzer Angus. Und pltzlich weitet sich ihr Blick fr berraschende Mglichkeiten des Lebens Geballte Erzhlkraft vor der atmosphrischen Kulisse von Loch Ness: eine packende Liebesgeschichte, ein mitreiendes Portrt weiblicher Emanzipation, eine Hymne auf die Kraft der Freundschaft.

At the Water's Edge

At the Water's Edge

Author: Sara Gruen Format: eBook Release Date: 31/03/2015

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *;In this thrilling new novel from the author of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen again demonstrates her talent for creating spellbinding period pieces. At the Water's Edge is a gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman's awakening as she experiences the devastation of World War II in a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands.After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year's Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son's inability to serve in the war. When Ellis and his best friend, Hank, decide that the only way to regain the Colonel's favor is to succeed where the Colonel very publicly failedby hunting down the famous Loch Ness monsterMaddie reluctantly follows them across the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered world behind. The trio find themselves in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, where the locals have nothing but contempt for the privileged interlopers. Maddie is left on her own at the isolated inn, where food is rationed, fuel is scarce, and a knock from the postman can bring tragic news. Yet she finds herself falling in love with the stark beauty and subtle magic of the Scottish countryside. Gradually she comes to know the villagers, and the friendships she forms with two young women open her up to a larger world than she knew existed. Maddie begins to see that nothing is as it first appears: the values she holds dear prove unsustainable, and monsters lurk where they are least expected. As she embraces a fuller sense of who she might be, Maddie becomes aware not only of the dark forces around her, but of life's beauty and surprising possibilities.Praise for At the Water's Edge ';Breathtaking . . . a daring story of adventure, friendship, and love in the shadow of WWII.'Harper's Bazaar ';A gripping, compelling story . . . Gruen's characters are vividly drawn and her scenes are perfectly paced.'The Boston Globe ';A page-turner of a novel that rollicks along with crisp historical detail.'Fort Worth Star-Telegram ';Powerfully evocative.'USA Today ';Gruen is a master at the period pieceand [this] novel is just another stunning example of that craft.'Glamour

Ape House

Ape House

Author: Sara Gruen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2011

The New York Times bestseller - of how six bonobo apes change the lives of three humans, from master storyteller Sara Gruen, author of the international bestseller, Water for Elephants. These bonobos are no ordinary apes. Like others of their species, they are capable of reason and carrying on deep relationships - but, unlike most bonobos, they also know American Sign Language. Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn't understand people, but animals she gets, especially the bonobos. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she's ever felt among humans . . . until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what's really going on inside. When an explosion tears apart the lab, severely injuring Isabel and 'liberating' the apes to an unknown destination, John's human interest piece turns into the story of a lifetime.

Das Affenhaus

Das Affenhaus

Author: Sara Gruen Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2011

"e;Es ist unmoglich, ein Zwiegesprach mit einem Menschenaffen zu fuhren oder einem von ihnen aus nachster Nahe in die Augen zu blicken, ohne verandert aus der Begegnung hervorzugehen."e; Sara GruenSam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani und Makena sind keine gewhnlichen Affen: Die Bonobos beherrschen die Gebrdensprache, sind in der Lage, mit Menschen zu kommunizieren. Fr die scheue Wissenschaftlerin Isabel Duncan sind die Tiere wie eine Familie. Als eine Explosion das Labor zerstrt und ihr die Affen entreit, bricht fr sie eine Welt zusammen. Der ehrgeizige Journalist John Thigpen steht vor dem Ende seiner Karriere - und vermutlich auch seiner Ehe. Zusammen mit Isabel macht er sich auf die Suche nach den verschwundenen Affen. Er ist nicht nur angetan von der attraktiven Forscherin, sondern wittert auch eine groe Story. Dabei ahnt er nicht, wie sehr beides sein Leben verndern wird Sara Gruen ist die geborene Erzhlerin und gewhrt uns mit diesem Buch einen faszinierenden Einblick in die Seele von Menschenaffen - einfhlsam, packend und mit viel Sachverstand und Humor.

Flying Changes

Flying Changes

Author: Sara Gruen Format: eBook Release Date: 12/04/2011

Anxiety rules Annemarie Zimmer's daysthe fear that her relationship with the man she loves is growing stagnant; the fear that equestrian daughter Eva's dreams of Olympic glory will carry her far away from her mother . . . and into harm's way. For five months, Annemarie has struggled to make peace with her past. But if she cannot let go, the personal battles she has won and the heights she has achieved will have all been for naught.It is a time of change at Maple Brook horse farm, when loves must be confronted head-on and fears must be saddled and broken. But it is an unanticipated tragedy that will most drastically alter the fragile world of one remarkable familyeven as it flings open gates that have long confined them, enabling them all to finally ride headlong and free.

Ape House

Ape House

Author: Sara Gruen Format: eBook Release Date: 07/09/2010

Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena are no ordinary apes. These bonobos, like others of their species, are capable of reason and carrying on deep relationshipsbut unlike most bonobos, they also know American Sign Language.Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn't understand people, but animals she getsespecially the bonobos. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she's ever felt among humans . . . until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what's really going on inside.When an explosion rocks the lab, severely injuring Isabel and ';liberating' the apes, John's human interest piece turns into the story of a lifetime, one he'll risk his career and his marriage to follow. Then a reality TV show featuring the missing apes debuts under mysterious circumstances, and it immediately becomes the biggestand unlikeliestphenomenon in the history of modern media. Millions of fans are glued to their screens watching the apes order greasy take-out, have generous amounts of sex, and sign for Isabel to come get them. Now, to save her family of apes from this parody of human life, Isabel must connect with her own kind, including John, a green-haired vegan, and a retired porn star with her own agenda. Ape House delivers great entertainment, but it also opens the animal world to us in ways few novels have done, securing Sara Gruen's place as a master storyteller who allows us to see ourselves as we never have before.From the Hardcover edition.

Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants

Author: Sara Gruen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2008

The international phenomenon - with over 10 million copies sold, made into a film with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. ' Great story, loads of fun; hard to put down.' Stephen King The Great Depression 1929 - when Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits in the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth a second-rate travelling circus struggling to survive making one-night stands in town after endless town. Jacob, a veterinary student who almost earned his degree, is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. He meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, 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. Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford.

Riding Lessons A Novel

Riding Lessons A Novel

Author: Sara Gruen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2007

As a world-class equestrian and Olympic contender, Annemarie Zimmer lived for the thrill of flight atop a strong, graceful animal. Then, at eighteen, a tragic accident destroyed her riding career and Harry, the beautiful horse she cherished. Now, twenty years later, Annemarie is coming home to her dying father's New Hampshire horse farm. Jobless and abandoned, she is bringing her troubled teenage daughter to this place of pain and memory, where ghosts of an unresolved youth still haunt the fields and stables-and where hope lives in the eyes of the handsome, gentle veterinarian Annemarie loved as a girl ...and in the seductive allure of a trainer with a magic touch. But everything will change yet again with one glimpse of a white striped gelding startlingly similar to the one Annemarie lost in another lifetime. And an obsession is born that could shatter her fragile world.

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