Water for Elephants

ebook A Novel

By Sara Gruen

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Over 10 million copies sold worldwide * Soon to be a Broadway Musical in 2024
#1 New York Times Bestseller * A Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, & USA Today Bestseller
A Major Motion Picture starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz

"This colorful headlong tale of a Depression-era circus simply can't be beat." Stephen King
Jacob Janowski’s luck had run out—orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was the Great Depression and for Jacob the circus was both his salvation and a living hell. There he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but brutal animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this group of misfits was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

Water for Elephants