by Sara Gruen
The narrator of this absorbing book is an elderly man living in a nursing home. The circus is coming to town. Seeing the signs and watching the set-up transports him back to his own circus days during the Great Depression. The vivid scenes alternate between the limited and frustrating life of the nursing home inmates and the wild and rough life of the traveling circus. Animals, freaks, and kind and evil characters people this satisfying story of a life well lived.