Gruen, Sara. 2006. Water for Elephants. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books. ISBN 978-1-56512-560-5. $13.95. Softcover.
*2006 Quill Awards nominee for General Fiction
*2007 Alex Awards selection
*Entertainment Weekly Best Novel of 2006 nominee
*New York Times Best Seller list for 12 weeks in 2006
*Book Sense #1 pick for June 2006
*Winner of the 2007 BookBrowse award for most popular book
Jacob Jankowski remenisces about his time in the circus when he was younger and how the circus taught him about life and love.
She reached for something….I saw that she’d picked up an iron stake. She held it loosely, resting its end on the hard dirt. She looked at me again, bemused. Then her gaze shifted to the back of his bare head…..I stumbled forward, screaming, even though there was no hope of my voice reaching her. “Don’t do it! Don’t do it!“….In seventy years, I’ve never told a blessed soul.
Jacob is getting old, days pass slowly and sometimes get confused. He finds more joy in remembering how when all that he held dear was taken from him, he ran away and ended up joining the circus. What is the secret that Jacob is hiding? Will he ever find someone to share it with? Is there anyone who understands the joys and pains of his life? Find the answers in Water for Elephants.