The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

A Novel

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From Taylor Jenkins Reid, "a genius when it comes to stories about life and love" (Redbook), comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress's relentless rise to the top--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 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. Written with Reid's signature talent for "creating complex, likable characters" (Real Simple), this is a fascinating 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 takes--to face the truth.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2017
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781508236610
1508236615
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rei
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file (12 hr., 17 min., 51 sec.)) : digital

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Feb 15, 2018

I wasn't expecting much from this novel, thinking it may be a hyped-up pulp romance, but I was pleasantly surprised with the plot. An Old Hollywood celebrity, now retired in the 21st century, recounting her imperfect life hidden from the public filled with grit, pain, and twists. From the famous woman's reasoning for finally giving her tell-all, to the realization of how characters from different generations connect, I really enjoyed seeing how the retelling of her story mirrored the growth and maturity of the younger character/reporter.

The only part that took some getting used to was the break between chapters - old magazine/paper articles about the Hollywood actress were read aloud, and it felt a little bit like watching Gossip Girl. But a few of these in, it became fun to hear the "public" interpretation of her actions after hearing from her what was truly going on behind closed doors.

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