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Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

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Everyone remembers their first trip to the circus and can recall the sights and sounds of the big tent — boisterous clowns, glitzy acrobats, and exotic animals. Here is the story of “The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth”, a depression-era traveling circus that is barely hanging on. Jacob Jankowski ,23, joins the circus out of desperation. Suddenly orphaned and homeless, he uses his veterinary skills to land a job taking care of the circus menagerie. Now ninety-three, he recounts an exciting and dark life that included his involvement with the beautiful young performer Marlena and her husband August, the dangerously deranged animal trainer. Jacob’s emotional tale, told as another big tent is being raised outside his assisted living home, brings to life a segment of history that is both glamourous and disturbing. This novel is for those who love excitement and intrique — or those just looking for a compelling love story.

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