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Publisher Description

Over 10,000,000 copies in print worldwide
#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.

Fiction & Literature
May 1
Algonquin Books
Workman Publishing Co., Inc.

Customer Reviews

FootNote ,

An instant classic

This is a story of a man and his life. It starts off in a retirement home and quickly moves to the mans boyhood describing his life running away and joining the circus. A story of adventure, love, life and danger.

A must read for all who ever dreamed of running away and joining the circus.

Gary Hughes ,

Water for Elephants

Had trouble putting down my IPod! Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Most often I only enjoy if I feel like I am there living the experience in print!

D Hussmann ,

A must read

I am not much of a reader. Even if I pick up a book, it'll normally takes me forever to finish it. I have started 3 books because I lost interest in 2 of them half way through, except this one. I finished it in 3 days!!!! That's a record. Doesn't that tell you something? Now I just hope the movie lives up to it's expectation.

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