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Name: Water for Elephants

Author: Sara Gruen
Year: 2006
Rank: 4.4 out of 5
Rating: 4.2 out of 5
Original Rating: 4.2 out of 5
Popularity: 9.9
Genres/categories: Romance, Award winners, Contemporary

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ISBN:
9780002007771
9780739474976
9780786290277
9781565125605
9781594132001
9781598870626
0002007770
0786290277
1565124995
1565125606
1594132003
1598870629
Winner of the BookBrowse award for Most Popular Book in 2007.
Winner of the BookBrowse award for Best Book in 2007.
Winner of the Alex Award in 2007.

An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of Riding Lessons.

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, 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.

Beautifully written, 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.