Oh gosh, I can't even put into words how much I LOVED this book!
I've never known anything about the circus life and honestly, I was skeptical about whether or not this would be a good read, but boy, oh, boy! I was so immersed from the very start.
It's a wonderful, colorful story about love, tragedy, life during the depression, and the ruthlessness of some people in business.
The main character, Jacob, experiences a horrible tragedy at the end of his college career in Veterinary school and it leads him onto a path where he jumps a train one night, which ends up being a circus train. At that, he's thrust into the circus life.
At the same time, Jacob is an old man, 90 or 93, he's not sure which, in an assisted living facility and he's a grumpy old man. His grumpiness may be offensive to some, but I think he's so cute. I can only imagine how frustrating it would be to be at that point in your life and you're once again treated like a baby, when you were once an active, vibrant, successful man.
This story, though, switches between the current day with him in the assisted living facility and his wonderful recollections of circus life.
It's also the story of Marlena, the beautiful performer and Rosie, the misunderstood elephant.
The story is full of conflict and lots of twists and turns. It never slowed down and it never got boring.
I just loved this story so much and I definitely highly recommend it!