Author Profile

Sara Gruen

Sara Gruen

Sara Gruen is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of At the Water’s Edge,Water for Elephants, Ape House, Riding Lessons, and Flying Changes. Her works have been translated into forty-three languages, and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Water for Elephants was adapted into a major motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon, Rob Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz in 2011.


She lives in Western North Carolina with her husband and three sons, along with their dogs, cats, horses, birds, and the world’s fussiest goat.

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Reviews of At the Water's Edge

A gripping, compelling story... [Sara] Gruen's characters are vividly drawn and her scenes are perfectly paced.
-- The Boston Globe

Powerfully evocative.
-- USA Today

If I needed a reminder why I am such a fan of Sara Gruen's books, her latest novel provides plenty. Unique in its setting and scope, this impeccably researched historical fiction is full of the gorgeous prose I've come to expect from this author. And even after the final page, its message still resonates with me: The monsters we seek may be right in front of us. In fact, the only fault I can find with this book is that I've already finished it.
-- Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author of Leaving Time

Videos featuring Sara Gruen

At the Waters Edge Book Trailer