Have you read, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen?
It is a captivating historical romance novel set during the early Great Depression.
Here are a few interesting facts about the book:
According to Wikipedia, Water for Elephants came together in part for the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the story parallels the biblical story Jacob from the book of Genesis.
From the author’s notes included in the back of her book:
On inspiration for the novel
“…the Chicago Tribune ran an article on [photographer] Edward J. Kelty, who followed traveling circuses around America in the 1920’s and ‘30s. The photograph that accompanied the article so fascinated me [Gruen] that I bought two books of old-time circus photographs…”
“I [Sara Gruen] spent the next four and a half months acquiring the knowledge necessary to do justice to this subject, [circus life] including taking three additional research trips…[to] Sarasota, Florida‘s Ringling Circus Museum…Circus World in Baraboo…and Kansas City Zoo…to learn about elephant body language and behavior.”
On historical data
“The history of the American circus is so rich that I [Gruen] plucked many of this story’s most outrageous details from fact or anecdote…”
My favorite (funny) “outrageous detail” from this story comes when someone begins to steal lemonade from the Spectacular Show on Earth Circus. The financially poor circus just made camp for another show and being summer, it was hot. The only logical people to steal a cool drink would be the tired and thirsty circus workers.
The author writes:
“…an elephant [from historical notes]…repeatedly pulled her stake and stole the lemonade…”
I bet you can guess who was drinking up the cool lemonade!
Water for Elephants is a perfect weekend novel to enjoy as you sit under a cool shady tree sipping ice-cold pink lemonade.
What are your favorite scenes from Water for Elephants?