Water for Elephants: A Novel

Paperback | April 6, 2007

bySara Gruen

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The runaway international bestseller by “the must-read author of summer” (Ottawa Citizen)

Orphaned and penniless at the height of the Depression, Jacob Jankowski escapes everything he knows by jumping on a passing train—and inadvertently runs away with the circus. So begins Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen’s darkly beautiful tale about the characters who inhabit the less-than-greatest show on earth.

Jacob finds a place tending the circus animals, including a seemingly untrainable elephant named Rosie. He also comes to know Marlena, the star of the equestrian act—and wife of August, a charismatic but cruel animal trainer. Caught between his love for Marlena and his need to belong in the crazy family of travelling performers, Jacob is freed only by a murderous secret that will bring the big top down.

Water for Elephants is an enchanting page-turner, the kind of book that creates a world that engulfs you from the first page to the last. A national bestseller in Canada and a New York Times bestseller in the United States, this is a book destined to become a beloved fiction classic.

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The runaway international bestseller by “the must-read author of summer” (Ottawa Citizen)Orphaned and penniless at the height of the Depression, Jacob Jankowski escapes everything he knows by jumping on a passing train—and inadvertently runs away with the circus. So begins Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen’s darkly beautiful tale about t...

SARA GRUEN was born in Vancouver, lived in London, Ontario, andwent to university in Ottawa. She now lives with her husband and three childrenin a conservation community outside of Chicago. Her fiction debut,RidingLessons, was an international bestseller.Water for Elephantsis herthird novel. Visit her website atwww.saragruen.com.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:April 6, 2007Publisher:HarperCollins Canada LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006391559

ISBN - 13:9780006391555

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?Dazzling. . . . Unforgettable.? (Edmonton Journal)