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Summary

The TikTok sensation

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.

©2017 Taylor Jenkins Reid (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic reviews

"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)

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A mixed bag ..

The concept of this story is original and intriguing and once started , I knew I wanted to finish it .It started to fall down as the amount of times Evelyn
Hugo married increased, not because of the number of them , but because of the reasons behind them ! I think when reading a good work of fiction, one can suspend disbelief and be swept away by the story. This became impossible for me half way through. Nevertheless, it’s a good romp , ideal holiday reading , and worth a listen .

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What it says on the tin.

As the story progressed, I warmed up to it as well as the characters. Lots of reviews critique it as "vacuous", "superficial" and "shallow", to name but a few key words. But in essence - don't you know that's what you're getting already? Blonde bombshell movie star commodifies her body, quells her heritage all in the name of fame. This is what a lot of (not all) actresses did. We all know this. But the author explores this I feel, in a sensitive way, and Evelyn is aware of what she is doing, she knows what games to play. I liked the LGBTQ+ aspect, how Reid addresses attitudes and discriminations atypical of people then and now as well as race discrimination. Above all, Evelyn is a powerhouse of a woman who knows what she wants. She is transparent and challenges her own beliefs and attitudes across the novel.

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Book of the year

Fun to listen to, brilliant story, subtle, deep, surprising. This has been so fun I’m sad it’s over. Wish it had 10 sequels.

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great story, narration put me off a little

really enjoyed this book and did not see the twist coming at all. the only thing I disliked was the narrator for Evelyn Hugo's life/career, it sounded like she had a mouth full of saliva and I found that so off putting. great book but that really turned me off.

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Didn't live upto the hype

Great start but this book lost itself in the middle for me and didn't get the atmosphere back at all. might have been the narration but it just didn't keep me interested after a point.