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.
'I loved Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Great story, loads of fun; hard to put down. So what if the heroine weighs 2500 pounds?'
'Lovely and mesmerising.'
'This masterpiece of storytelling is a book about what animals can teach people about love.'
'You are so immersed in circus life that you are completely blinded by the thrilling, fatal dazzle of sequins and sawdust.'
'There is a tender story of first love, of murder, mayhem and animal and human brutality, of hucksters, whores and the general hoopla created when the circus rolls into town... This book is every bit the fabulous escapist entertainment that the big top once was.'
Publication date: 14/04/2011
Publisher: Two Roads an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||14th April 2011|
|Publisher:||Two Roads an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,|
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.More About Sara Gruen