Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is this week’s staff pick. A fantastic story about love, friendship, and some of the darker things in life, all behind the glittering lights of the circus. As it’s set in the 1930’s, there is unfortunately some animal abuse in the novel so please be prepared.
“Orphaned, penniless, Jacob Jankowski jumps a freight train in the dark, and in that instant, transforms his future.
By morning, he’s landed a job with the Flying Squadron of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. By nightfall, he’s in love.
In an America made colourless by prohibition and the Depression, the circus is a refuge of sequins and sensuality. But behind the glamour lies a darker world, where both animals and men are dispensable. Where falling in love is the most dangerous act of all…” –Taken from Goodreads.com