The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Riveting, heart-wrenching, and full of Old Hollywood glamour, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of the most captivating reads of 2017." -- BuzzFeed

"The epic adventures Evelyn creates over the course of a lifetime will leave every reader mesmerized. This wildly addictive journey of a reclusive Hollywood starlet and her tumultuous Tinseltown journey comes with unexpected twists and the most satisfying of drama." -- PopSugar

In this entrancing novel "that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all" ( Kirkus Reviews ), a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and 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 is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn's luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the '80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn's story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique's own in tragic and irreversible ways.

"Heartbreaking, yet beautiful" (Jamie Blynn, Us Weekly ), The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is "Tinseltown drama at its finest" ( Redbook ): a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means--and what it costs--to face the truth.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2017
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501139239
Characteristics: 391 pages ;,24 cm
Alternative Title: 7 husbands of Evelyn Hugo


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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 ... Read More »

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Jun 12, 2018

Ami=summer/read by end of 2018

May 23, 2018

I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for a book club! Lots of symbolism and topics that would make for a good discussion with a group of friends. I found it especially interesting that the "kitchen" was frequently at odds with the main character, Evelyn.

Feb 01, 2018

3-1/3 stars this book would be a fun read on a plane ride to paris, london, hong kong, tokyo.. it recalls a bygone age when celebrities were very protective of their image, not 'accidentally' releasing tawdry sex tapes and thinking notoriety equals glamour. by the end, having seven husbands actually made some sense. evelyn hugo was a woman who did what she had to to achieve her goals. she is fierce and unapologetic, a fascinating woman.

ehbooklover Feb 01, 2018

I really liked this book. Loved the characters and all of their ultra-complicated and tumultuous relationships, the Old Hollywood setting, plus the really great twist at the end.

Nov 01, 2017

Loved this vivid and compelling novel about an aging actress finally ready to tell the secrets of her life story.

Oct 29, 2017

Maybe I should have stuck with this read longer or read it twice.... I could not get interested. I was on a very long wait list, for what?

Oct 28, 2017

Okay, so The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was a lot different than Taylor Jenkins Reid's previous novels. And I'll just come right out and say that the different themes presented within this story made me uncomfortable. For example, Reid addressed issues like race, ethnicity, women's rights, and homosexuality. I'll admit that halfway through this novel, I was a slightly irked by this because I perceived it as an attempt to get readers to accept her personal outlook of the world as their own. And who knows, maybe it was. But as I continued to read, I realized how narrow-minded I was being as a result of my own views and biases.

Like most authors, Reid wrote this novel based on how she views the world and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. So once I recognized that and got out of my feelings about it, I was able to appreciate this story for how good it really is. Overall, I still believe that Taylor Jenkins Reid is a great writer and I will continue to read her books.

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.

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.

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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