Fairmont: Beyond the Book Club: "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen

Join the Summer Reading Program fun with this take on the “tails” portion of the Tails and Tales theme. This New York Times Best Seller had over 10 million copies in print world-wide. Set during the Great Depression, this story of friendship, adventure, and love is one you won’t forget.

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.

This novel is readily available for eBook and eAudiobook borrowing on Hoopla and Libby. There are also several copies of the text in our physical collection.

The Beyond the Book Presents event linked to this novel is Don’t Let the Tail Wag the Family, featuring Joe Gribben on June 29. Register for that event HERE.

Registration is required for each individual attending this event. Click HERE to register.


Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 7:00pm


MCPLS Adults


Marion County Public Library