I loved this book. It's one of those you just don't want to put down. Here's a review as written on the back cover:
"The circus, the Great Depression, a complex elephant, equally complex love, the mists and twists of memory articulated in the utterly winning voice of a very old man who's seen it all: these are the irresistible elements of "Water for Elephants". Sara Gruen has written an utterly transporting novel richly full of the stuff of life."
Robert Olen Butler