The entrancing story of a reclusive Hollywood starlet as she reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine – from the bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six.
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?
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 nears its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
‘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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
It sounds like a predictable rags-to-riches tale: Evelyn Hugo, a humble daughter of Cuban immigrants, arrives in Hollywood in the '50s and claws her way to the top. Now pushing 80, she picks unknown writer Monique Grant to tell her story—which isn't so predictable after all. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel glitters with the drama and scandal you’d expect from a Hollywood tell-all, but it also explores weightier issues like racism and discrimination. This is a tantalising read for those who crave a peek behind the curtains of celebrity and offers an honest perspective on sacrifice and vulnerability.
Fantastic, totally gripping
Beautiful book and so superbly written. Evelyn is characterised so amazingly that you feel you know her innately by the end, even though her life’s ethos may be hard to swallow. Perfect for someone who loves the glamour of Hollywood but the human-ness of being in love.
I don’t know how to adequately right a review for this. Like, at all. This book was so completely different than what I had envisioned. My ideas about it paled in comparison to what it actually is. It was complicated, entwines and intriguing. I had a hard time putting it down.
I have mixed feelings about Evelyn, I loved and disliked her. But she was so real and flawed and complex and that in itself was exquisite.
I loved this whole story and how it all connects where you don’t even realise.
This book is a romance and about finding what life really is all about. It’s about finding out who your true self is and being it.
This story took me surprise, it broke my heart, made me angry, made me cry happy tears and sad, and it will stay with me for a while. It’s definitely reread worthy.
Really enjoyed reading this. Easy to read and the pace of the book was really good