2013 YWCA Woman of Distinction -- Prairie Award of Promise winner
"A little while ago, I finished Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. It's a compelling story about a man who ends up working in a circus due to bad luck and necessity. At the circus, he meets a woman who is in an abusive relationship with the ringmaster and an elephant who is supposed to save the reputation of the run-down circus. Each of the characters had demons and each had virtues. This really made the story realistic and relatable. I am now reading The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor."