The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

A Novel

Book - 2017
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From Taylor Jenkins Reid, "a genius when it comes to stories about life and love" (Redbook), comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress's relentless rise to the top, the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine. Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career. Summoned to Evelyn's Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn's life unfolds, revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love, Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn's story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique's own in tragic and irreversible ways.
"Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself... Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career. Summoned to Evelyn's Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn's life unfolds, revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love, Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn's story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique's own in tragic and irreversible ways."-- ǂc Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2017
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501139239
1501139231
9781501161933
1501161938
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 23 cm

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abbydog2
Oct 05, 2017

Loved this book. Quick read with great story line. Highly recommend.

wendybird Sep 26, 2017

This novel was on many 2017 summer reading lists : the thumbnail plot description piqued my curiosity. I don't usually read "glam" books, but the story line was intriguing: an aging, beautiful and reclusive Hollywood movie icon is finally ready to dish her scandalous, privileged life. She chooses an unknown magazine reporter to do so (and will consider no one else). Is this Ava Gardner's rags to riches biography in story form?
Readers hear Evelyn's life story as Monique (the reporter) takes notes, so the book is presented as a series of chapter - long flashbacks set into the current day .
The writing was good, the story was full of plot twists, and certainly some research into old Hollywood's mechanisms meant a fairly satisfying read. This isn't great literature, but it's entertaining and nicely put together.
My only real quibble is that author Taylor Jenkins Reid seemed undecided about what the book was really going to consist of - there are a few too many things swirling around. Is this a book about human rights? Is this a book about the wide range of loving relationships in the world? Is it a kind of mystery? Or, is it simply a fictional (albeit interesting) actress biography?
You'll have to read it to decide - and the journey is a decent one.

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admaggies
Aug 28, 2017

Absolutely love this book! Could not put it down. Took me on a trip back to L.A. and so much Hollywood drama. Wanted to compare the story of Evelyn Hugo to all the movie stars I grew up watching from the '50s to today.

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singidunum_25
Aug 15, 2017

Somehow, I don't share the same enthusiasm like other readers here....Felt like reading a tabloid, nothing else.

SquamishLibraryStaff Aug 13, 2017

A luxurious read, and the perfect book to devour as summer comes to an end. A glamourous, Oscar winning star from the golden age of Hollywood has finally decided to share the story of her life in a tell-all biography. All about the passion and ambition that drove her to succeed, her seven marriages, her secret loves, the games she played to get ahead in Hollywood, and the one great love of her life. If you are a movie buff and a fan of the Golden age in Hollywood where stars like Gable, Clift, Leigh, Garbo, Monroe, Hepburn, Tracy etc. graced the screens, then this is the book for you. A wonderful read

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Tolegirl
Aug 10, 2017

Absolutely loved the book, great characters.

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noltec
Jul 24, 2017

Excellent book. Highly recommend.

athompson10 Jul 19, 2017

Good beach read. A legendary movie star tells her life story, which is very different from the one the public knows.

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nisswa1
Jul 13, 2017

I read this book and it was very good. I would only say it could have been about 100 pages shorter. It was very detailed so if you prefer that it is the right length. I am glad I read it.

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lola_jane
Jul 11, 2017

In this book, an aging Old Hollywood actress tells her life story to an up-and-coming journalist. Her past is full of scandals, successes, secrets and heartbreak. At the beginning it feels like a fun insider's look at celebrity gossip but very quickly Evelyn Hugo reveals that she is so much more than the persona she presents to the world.

Like all of the characters in the novel, I was captivated by Evelyn Hugo - she is vivacious, funny and smart, but at the same time, would not want to be friends with her - she is manipulative, ruthless, and self-centered; a very complex character that was a delight to read.

Taylor Jenkins Reid brings Evelyn to life in a way that made it quite easy to forget that this was fiction and not a memoir.

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