3. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
Told as flashback, Water for Elephants is the story of Jacob, future circus veterinarian, who jumps a train in the dark and finds himself in the midst of the circus.With the country deep in the Depression, the glitter of sequins and pageantry is too much for Jacob to resist. Rich in circus history, the characters include a beautiful equestrian and her cruel husband. Jacob is the storyteller, alternating the story between his life of adventure and his final days in a nursing home.