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'Riveting, heart-wrenching and full of Old Hollywood glamour' BuzzFeed
'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
From the author of Daisy Jones & The Six in which 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.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a mesmerizing journey through the splendour 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
Appearances can be deceiving—intentionally so—in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid’s bestselling novel about the life and loves of an Old Hollywood icon. Intrigue, then, is as much a feature as romance and glamour. When a 30-something magazine writer whose own personal life is in disarray is sent to interview the Evelyn Hugo, now almost 80, she can’t imagine why the actor has requested her. Her confusion only builds when she’s offered much more than the usual celebrity interview: her subject’s apparently uncensored life story. Through this story, Jenkins Reid scrutinises fame, and explores love forced to remain in the shadows and the different ways in which a family can be forged. In doing so she creates something entertaining, poignant, and often tense as we wonder how these women’s lives could possibly be intertwined.