Water for Elephants: A Novel
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Sara Gruen., & Sara Gruen|AUTHOR. (2007). Water for Elephants: A Novel . Algonquin Books.

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Sara Gruen and Sara Gruen|AUTHOR. 2007. Water for Elephants: A Novel. Algonquin Books.

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Sara Gruen and Sara Gruen|AUTHOR. Water for Elephants: A Novel Algonquin Books, 2007.

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Sara Gruen, and Sara Gruen|AUTHOR. Water for Elephants: A Novel Algonquin Books, 2007.

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 #1 New York Times Bestseller

 A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

 A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

 A Newsday Favorite Book of 2006

 A USA Today Bestseller

 A Major Motion Picture starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz

  

 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. Sara Gruen is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of At the Water's Edge,Water for Elephants, Ape House, Riding Lessons, and Flying Changes. Her works have been translated into forty-three languages and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Water for Elephants was adapted into a major motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon, Rob Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz in 2011. She lives in western North Carolina with her husband and three sons, along with their dogs, cats, horses, birds, and the world's fussiest goat.  Only three people were left under the red and white awning of the grease joint: Grady, me, and the fry cook. Grady and I sat at a battered wooden table, each facing a burger on a dented tin plate. The cook was behind the counter, scraping his griddle with the edge of a spatula. He had turned off the fryer some time ago, but the odor of grease lingered. 

 The rest of the midway-so recently writhing with people-was empty but for a handful of employees and a small group of men waiting to be led to the cooch tent. They glanced nervously from side to side, with hats pulled low and hands thrust deep in their pockets. They wouldn't be dis appointed: somewhere in the back Barbara and her ample charms awaited. 

 The other townsfolk-rubes, as Uncle Al called them-had already made their way through the menagerie tent and into the big top, which pulsed with frenetic music. The band was whipping through its repertoire at the usual earsplitting volume. I knew the routine by heart-at this very moment, the tail end of the Grand Spectacle was exiting and Lottie, the aerialist, was ascending her rigging in the center ring. 

 I stared at Grady, trying to process what he was saying. He glanced around and leaned in closer. 

"Besides," he said, locking eyes with me, "it seems to me you've got a lot to lose right now." He raised his eyebrows for emphasis. My heart skipped a beat. 

 Thunderous applause exploded from the big top, and the band slid seamlessly into the Gounod waltz. I turned instinctively toward the menagerie because this was the cue for the elephant act. Marlena was either preparing to mount or was already sitting on Rosie's head. 

"I've got to go," I said. "Sit," said Grady. "Eat. If you're thinking of clearing out, it may be a while before you see food again." 

 That moment, the music screeched to a halt. There was an ungodly collision of brass, reed, and percussion-trombones and piccolos skidded into cacophony, a tuba farted, and the hollow clang of a cymbal wavered out of the big top, over our heads and into oblivion. Grady froze, crouched over his burger with his pinkies extended and lips spread wide. I looked from side to side. No one moved a muscle-all eyes were directed at the big top. A few wisps of hay swirled lazily across the hard dirt. 

"What is it? What's going on?" I said. 

"Shh," Grady hissed.
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