by Sara Gruen.
Quick recap: Jacob literally runs away to the circus, and falls in love twice: first with an elephant named Rosie, and second with a married but wounded performer. Life with the circus turns out to be not nearly so carefree as he'd thought.
Quick review: Sweeping and majestic, I admired the style from the first. The characters are endearing, the story quietly emotional.
Quick recommendation: Don't you dare pass this one up.