The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"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 in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself... Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career. Summoned to Evelyn's Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn's life unfolds, revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love, Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn's story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique's own in tragic and irreversible ways."-- Dust jacket
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2017
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501139239
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 23 cm


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Sep 09, 2018

Great historical fiction read, with an old Hollywood twist!

Aug 13, 2018

Evelyn Hugo is a retired Hollywood actress who decides to write a biography of her life and of her seven husbands. She hired Monique Grant to help write her biography and eventually Monique realizes that her and Evelyn’s lives intersect in tragic ways.

Jul 30, 2018

Loved this book about an aging Hollywood actress that bares all, about her life and how she got to where she is. The twist at the end and how she never apologizes for who she became, or what she did to get there is fantastic.

Jul 15, 2018

I don't normally concern myself with the gossip magazines- since I don't care one whit about the lives of celebrities. They aren't interested in my life- why should I be interested in theirs? However, this novel is about the life of a fictitious movie star of the 50's and 60's, her secret love life and her vast lies and cover-ups. It came highly recommended, and I got it for free on audiobook, so away I went. It centers heavily on the price of fame- you need to sell your body, your privacy, and your soul to make it big. This might come as a shock to some, but I was not surprised that Evelyn constantly used her body to get ahead in life. She is relentlessly referred to as the most beautiful woman on the planet- every chapter or so we are reminded- as if we'd suddenly forget. All of her marriages were for her benefit, which, again, didn't surprise me. Evelyn is bisexual, and this is her big reveal (this happens about 1/3 of the way into the book). She has fallen in love with a woman, and her story chronicles how they stay together and keep it secret. That's the whole book in a nutshell. It was intriguing and easy to listen to, but I was bored in parts. I found I couldn't identify at all with Evelyn or any of her close friends or family. They were rich beyond measure movie stars who were in love with themselves and their lifestyle. It seemed to me that Evelyn loved her career more than anything else (except maybe herself) and that's why I really couldn't get behind her love story.
Well written, entertaining enough, but just not for me.

Jun 24, 2018

I think this is my favorite book of all time. I picked it up because I have been having a hard time getting into new books recently and everything just seems too boring. If you are feeling that way at all.... you need to read this book!!!!!!!! I expected it to be glamorous and scandalous, and it was, but it was so much more. It is about making what you want happen in life, the toughest decisions, love and heartbreak, and trying to live without regret. On top of the amazing themes and plot, the diverse representation (specifically of bisexual and biracial people) made this book unforgettable.

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.

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