The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 10:30am -- JGranatino

This book begins with a magazine writer named Monique who is handed the story of a lifetime. She is asked to interview the extremely private and infamous aging Hollywood movie star Evelyn Hugo regarding her decision to sell off many of her dresses for charity. Evelyn asks for Monique specifically, much to the chagrin of every other columnist in New York. However, Monique soon finds out that what Evelyn actually wants is to tell her entire life story to Monique and have Monique write her biography. Evelyn's two stipulations are that Monique must wait until after Evelyn is dead to publish it and that she must get as much money as possible for the book deal. 

Much of Reid's book is told in Evelyn's own words, documenting her rise to stardom, her 30+ year career as one of the most revered actresses in Hollywood, the friends and enemies she made along the way, and of course, her seven husbands, all of whom Evelyn has outlived. In telling her story, we learn all the wild and seedy things Evelyn did to make it to the top - the people she hurt, the people she took advantage of, and the people she loved most. While listening and recording Evelyn's life story, Monique has one pressing question: Which of her seven husbands was the love of her life?

That's the question that permeates this book: Who do we love and what are we willing to do (and not willing to do) to be with that person? And what really matters in the end? - Fame? Money? Family? Love? 

In this emotional tour de force, Reid explores the world of 1950s Hollywood and the secrets kept by its darling starlets. ~ Submitted by Siobhan Egan, Reference Staff


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