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Water for elephants : a novel
Sara Gruen
Adult Fiction GRUEN

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Sara Gruen was born in Canada. She became a US citizen and was working as a technical writer here in 1999. Two years later she was laid off and decided to become a full-time writer of fiction. She is married and lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, dogs, cats, horses and a goat. She is one of a very few number of people who has actually visited the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa. There she was researching the bonobos monkeys and began writing her novel, Ape House. Her earlier bestselling novel, Water For Elephants, will soon be made into a movie. (Bowker Author Biography)

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main characters Jacob Jankowski
Male
Age: 90
Orphan
Hates living in a nursing home; parents were killed in an automobile accident; dropped out of veterinary school at the age of 21 to join the circus; took care of the circus animals which were treated badly before he arrived; in love with Marlena; trains Rosie.
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Marlena
Female
Married
Star of the equestrian act.
Circus performer

August
Male
Married
Marlena's husband; cruel; abuses both his wife and the animals.
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Rosie
Female
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