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Final Glen Haven Book Discussion group to be on ‘Water for Elephants’

— Sara Gruen’s third novel, “Water For Elephants,” has become one of the bestselling books of recent times. It will be the subject of the fourth and final session of the summer’s book discussion groups sponsored by the Glen Haven Historical Society.

The program will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Glen Haven School and Public Library, 7325 Fair Haven Road, at the head (south end) of Skaneateles Lake. All are invited to attend this program for which there is no charge.

Using her thorough research into the lore and language of the circus and the character of an old man named Jacob Jankowski living in a nursing home (“I am ninety. Or ninety-three. One or the other.”) who is recounting his memories, Sara Greun has written a compelling story of an almost veterinarian who lacks only his Cornell final examination, Marlena the star performer and a recalcitrant elephant named Rosie. The setting for this remarkable tale is the fourth-rate traveling Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth during the Great Depression.

The Glen Haven book discussion group will discuss, in particular, the developing relationship between Jacob, Marlena and Rosie. As the author herself describes it, “the bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.”

“Water for Elephants” should be available at local bookstores, online retailers and in many area libraries.

For more information about this activity or any of the others of the Glen Haven Historical Society, call Charles Jermy, (607) 749-4365, or email cwj1@cornell.edu.

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