Oct 19, 07
Read in October, 2007
Wow! That is the first word that comes to mind when I think of this book. It was pure magic for me. I grabbed it from the library as soon as I saw it on the shelf. I must admit that I had never heard of the book or the author, but was attracted to the colors on the cover. Now I know you can't judge a book by its cover, but in this case I did. The cover gives no synopsis, just some blurbs and quotes from people who have read it. I didn't know what to expect, but after the first chapter I was hooked. I could scarcely put it down at night and I am really suffering now from lack of sleep!
Gruen weaves a beautiful story of love and hate set during the Great Depression on the traveling circus circuit. Jacob is a man whose life has just fallen apart and he happens to find himself upon the train that belongs to the Benzini Brothers circus. A couple of lies he tells lands him a job as the circus vet. When he falls in love with a circus performer, his life is once again changed forever.
I was so intrigued by the whole circus element and immersed in the stories of these people's lives and how they lived as they traveled from place to place. As I read the author's notes at the end, I was surprised to learn that lots of events in this novel are actually based on stories she read and heard as she was researching this circus time period.
As I said, it is a magical book with beautifully written characters. A 5 Star read for me!