Excellent book!! I cannot wait to see the movie! Gruen wrote this as if she were actually there in the 1930's, travelling with the circus. The events are very vividly told through the eyes of a man in a nursing home, reliving his circus life after a family tragedy. The things they did years ago was amazing. I cannot imagine such things being legal - redlighting workers from the moving train, elephant executions, etc. I especially liked the interview with Sara Cruen at the end. I had no idea the story played so close to real life. Highly recommended!