By Sara Gruen
Genre: Historical Romance? (I’m really not good at this genre thing if it doesn’t tell me…)
I want to: Read it; maybe own it.
This is not a book I would normally pick up. Circus? Great Depression? No thanks. But then I found out that this was a NaNoWriMo novel that piqued my interest – a NaNo novel that was not only published but made into a movie? I need to read it!
Summary from Goodreads:
Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski’s ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way of death. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a living hell. …