If you haven’t read this book I highly recommend it. The main character, Jacob Jankowski, tells the story as an older man looking back at his life as a part of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. The circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, Jacob was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.
The story gets interesting quickly, and continues to unveil twists and turns every couple of pages. I haven’t met anyone who has read this story and didn’t love it.