First of all let me start by saying if you are conservative- this book is not for you. I mean, the title alone should probably alert you to this, but I thought I would give a warning! The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo turned out to be not at all what I expected- not in a good or bad way- just a completely different angle than I was prepared for. It’s always hard to write my feelings on a book because I don’t want to give spoilers if it’s on your “to-be-read” list. This one covers lots of topics such as domestic violence, biracial marriages and the LGBT community. It is a tale of someone making something of themselves that came from nothing.
Similar to Daisy Jones and The Six, the author writes the story like Evelyn Hugo is a real Hollywood movie star and you are tempted to google to find out more about her. The reality is, this is historical fiction and she is a made up person, but I imagine that Elizabeth Taylor was the author’s muse when writing this book. (similar to Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac when she wrote Daisy Jones and The Six) I read this book in just a few days because I was intrigued with how it would all come together.
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THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO
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.
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