Sara Gruen

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General Information

Name: Sara Gruen

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction, Other;

Born: 1969 in Vancouver, British Columbia.




Illinois Connection

Gruen and her family lived in Grayslake, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sara Gruen is an author with dual Canadian and American citizenship. She moved to the United States from Ottawa in 1999 for a technical writing job. Laid off two years later, she started writing fiction about animals. Gruen loves animals.

Her third book, Water for Elephants, became a New York Times bestseller and is available in 43 languages. It was made into a major motion picture in 2011 and starred Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz and is now headed to Broadway.

Gruen currently resides in North Carolina.

Published Works

  • Riding Lessons, Harper Torch, 2004
  • Flying Changes, Harper Torch, 2005
  • Water for Elephants, Algonquin, 2006
  • Ape House: A Novel, Spiegel & Grau, 2010
  • At the Water’s Edge, Spiegel & Grau, 2015
  • Dear Henry, Spiegel & Grau, 2016

Titles at Your Library

Riding Lessons

ISBN: 0739439820
Release Date: 2004

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Flying Changes ----SIGNED----

ISBN: 0739460641
Release Date: 2005

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Water for Elephants: A Novel

ISBN: 1565124995
Release Date: 2006-05-26

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Ape House: A Novel

ISBN: 0385523211
Release Date: 2010-09-07

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Literary Awards

Ape House

  • American Book Association IndieBound best seller
  • New York Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, Denver Post, L.A. Times, and Publishers Weekly best seller

Water for Elephants

  • A New York Times best seller for over four years
  • No.1 best seller on New York Times, Boston Globe, Denver Post, L.A. Times, Publishers Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, and Washington Post
  • USA Today and Wall Street Journal best seller
  • American Book Association IndieBound best seller
  • No.1 IndieNext selection

Riding Lessons

  • USA Today best seller

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

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External Links

Sara Gruen on WorldCat


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