The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Large Print - 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. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. 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.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine :, Center Point Large Print,, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781683244646
Characteristics: 559 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

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RebelBelle13
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.

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leahdoingthings23
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.

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amistein
Jun 12, 2018

Ami=summer/read by end of 2018

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mgbalura
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.

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midori_hon
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.

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KatG1983
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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IV27HUjg
Oct 29, 2017

Maybe I should have stuck with this read longer or read it twice.... I could not get interested. I was on a very long wait list, for what?

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abbi_g
Oct 28, 2017

Okay, so The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was a lot different than Taylor Jenkins Reid's previous novels. And I'll just come right out and say that the different themes presented within this story made me uncomfortable. For example, Reid addressed issues like race, ethnicity, women's rights, and homosexuality. I'll admit that halfway through this novel, I was a slightly irked by this because I perceived it as an attempt to get readers to accept her personal outlook of the world as their own. And who knows, maybe it was. But as I continued to read, I realized how narrow-minded I was being as a result of my own views and biases.

Like most authors, Reid wrote this novel based on how she views the world and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. So once I recognized that and got out of my feelings about it, I was able to appreciate this story for how good it really is. Overall, I still believe that Taylor Jenkins Reid is a great writer and I will continue to read her books.

wendybird Sep 26, 2017

This novel was on many 2017 summer reading lists : the thumbnail plot description piqued my curiosity. I don't usually read "glam" books, but the story line was intriguing: an aging, beautiful and reclusive Hollywood movie icon is finally ready to dish her scandalous, privileged life. She chooses an unknown magazine reporter to do so (and will consider no one else). Is this Ava Gardner's rags to riches biography in story form?
Readers hear Evelyn's life story as Monique (the reporter) takes notes, so the book is presented as a series of chapter - long flashbacks set into the current day .
The writing was good, the story was full of plot twists, and certainly some research into old Hollywood's mechanisms meant a fairly satisfying read. This isn't great literature, but it's entertaining and nicely put together.
My only real quibble is that author Taylor Jenkins Reid seemed undecided about what the book was really going to consist of - there are a few too many things swirling around. Is this a book about human rights? Is this a book about the wide range of loving relationships in the world? Is it a kind of mystery? Or, is it simply a fictional (albeit interesting) actress biography?
You'll have to read it to decide - and the journey is a decent one.

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