Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

A Novel

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Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (2018, Washington Square Press)

400 pages

English language

Published March 15, 2018 by Washington Square Press.


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4 stars (9 reviews)

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 …

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HOW can a book be THIS good? I just finished it and already want to read it again. I will be thinking about all of the seemingly small parts of the book that added up to a greater story for days because there were so many. It is everything I want in a book—a deep dive into a character’s thoughts and emotions and desires, a “holy shit???” moment at the end, beautifully descriptive yet not overwhelming writing. And best of all, it offered an extremely complex character who I both loved and felt empathy for but still respected despite some questionable choices. The author did an amazing job at making this character so human. I could incoherently gush forever, but this book just Did It for me and has earned a place in my all-time faves.

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  • Fiction, general
  • Hollywood (los angeles, calif.), fiction