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.
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Release Date: June 13, 2017
Genre: Women's Fiction
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a scandalous yet poignant read from one of the best authors I have ever come across. Taylor Jenkins Reid has written a classic with this one and there is no way that I will soon forget it. I became utterly engrossed in the life of Evelyn Hugo- the good, the bad, the dirty, and the wrong. I even found myself shedding a few tears in the end because of how her life turned out. Gah! The feels! It made me break out in goosebumps all over my body. So to say I was touched (and not in a lovey dovey type of way) would be an understatement. This book took over my life and I couldn't stop reading it until the last page. Taylor Jenkins Reid is making a name for herself -just like Evelyn Hugo- and I know this is going to be a bestseller.
This book is not a romance. Rather, it is a sordid tale of a woman who made a name for herself and became Hollywood royalty. It is about a woman who gave up all the important things in life just so she could make it to the top. And she did. Evelyn Hugo comes off as a bit of a narcissist, she is not a sweet and kind woman who puts her family first, and she certainly would't be the type of person anyone would go to for love advise. But she is a powerful and smart woman. One I wouldn't want to go against. And the author writes her like she is a living and breathing person. How she was able to bring this woman to life is beyond me, but she entrapped me in the story and I couldn't look away.
Now, don't think this book is only about a narcissistic woman who cares about no one because it's not. It's also a book about the powers of suppression and many who take their lives for granted could sure learn a thing or two just by reading this story. LGBTQ issues are at the forefront of the novel, although not as visible as some of the other themes. And all of this put together makes for one powerful story.
If you are a fan of the author this book needs to be pushed to the top of your TBR pile. If you haven't read anything by Reid, then I strongly suggest that you do. While I did find this novel to be quite different then her previous ones, I think the fact that it IS so different is going to make it very popular.
VERY highly recommended!