I devoured this book and enjoyed the storyline down to the tee. I have never read anything quite like it, and the story in general was thought out and researched thoroughly. Sara Gruen's novel is quite a simplistic read with an uncomplicated plot line. The story moves back and forth between and aging man in his nineties and his former self some 70 years ago when he worked for the circus in the height of the depression. Truthfully, I really enjoyed the novel and I see why it has been turned into a movie. Visually, Gruen did a fine job depicting the nitty gritty reality of circus life that is often portrayed in a a sort of mystical whimsy, if that makes sense. I think this would be an excellent read for those looking for something light but still intriguing.