A studied, gritty look at the world of the traveling circus during the Great Depression. Though the topic didn't grab me at first, the sensitive writing and characterizations drew me in. Worth Reading, Books Club Books, Books Worth, Water For Elephants, Good Movie, Favorite Books, Great Books, Reading Lists, Good Books
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possibly my favorite book of all time! narrated by 5-year-old jack, this haunting story of what a mother will do to protect her child in even the most unbearable circumstances is heartbreaking, frightening, and in the end, utterly uplifting. i've practically made this required reading for all my friends!