Author: Sara Gruen
Published: 2011, Algonquin Books
Brief Summary: Jacob Jankowski leaves college after the death of his parents in the 1930’s. He jumps a train only to discover he has joined a struggling circus act. There, he works as the veterinarian, meeting a menagerie of people, including the star of the show with whom he falls in love with but forbidden to have.
- It’s a typical Romeo and Juliet story.
- Except the lovers don’t die.
- Plus there’s an elephant.
- The elephant is very sweet.
- Plus she gets her revenge on the bad guys in the end.
- The circus life is very hard.
- Especially those who are down on their luck.
- Even the stars of the show aren’t as happy as they seem.
- Is it a commentary on our society?
- I don’t know, I just love the story.
- There isn’t much depth to the story romance, but at least it has flavor.
- I don’t know why I love it.
- Because I love elephants.
- And the circus life seems interesting.
- Main characters are only in love because they find each other attractive.
- Why does it matter? It doesn’t.
- It’s light reading.
- And I find a connection to it.
- Because I like light reading.
- It’s one of those books that I can’t explain as to why I love it.
- Maybe because you don’t read about circus life behind the scenes.
- It’s not all that glamorous but fun anyway.