NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“If you’re looking for a book to take on holiday this summer, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has got all the glitz and glamour to make it a perfect beach read.” —Bustle
From the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & the Six—an entrancing and “wildly addictive journey of a reclusive Hollywood starlet” (PopSugar) as she 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.
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.
I felt anger, sadness, frustration, love, gratefulness, and relief while reading this book. I loved it, and I hope to be a little more like Evelyn Hugo in my own life now.
Read it already!
You’ve seen this everywhere and even if it doesn’t seem like your usual thing, just read it now. Now!
A real page turner…I didn’t want to put it down and I didn’t want it to end!