Avon, Apr 2004, 6.99, 400 pp.
Eighteen year old Olympic hopeful, Annemarie Zimmer and her beloved steed Highland Harry run the equestrian course so effortlessly they seem more like a centaur. As they finish the last jump Annemarie senses something is wrong. Three weeks later, a physically broken Annemarie learns that a bone in Harry's hoof shattered leading to Harry humanely shot dead right there. Annemarie recovers from a bro... Water for Elephants
The story is about a young man that joins the circus. Jacob is an old man and he lives in a nursing home. The old people from the nursing home are about to visit a circus that showed up in the vicinity of their place. Jacob is watching the circus tents from his window. At some point he starts reminiscing about his own life as a young man and the events that lead to his joining of the Flying Squadron of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth ...