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Book Review: ‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’

February 07, 2020 by Kayla Houp


Evelyn Hugo dominated the big screen for the better part of four decades, becoming a woman every man wanted and every woman wanted to be, but perhaps became most famous for having been married seven times.
While she has kept her life largely a secret, Evelyn offers journalist Monique Grant the opportunity of a lifetime — the chance for a tell-all interview and book deal.
Monique Grant’s life is falling apart. Her husband’s left her. Her career’s stalled. And her life feels like it’s starting to tear apart at the seems.
So this opportunity with one of Hollywood’s most famous stars is one she simply cannot pass up.
As she continues to talk with Evelyn, she begins to learn more about the woman behind the mystery, the seven husbands she had along the way, and the one true love of her life that nobody knew about.
Unapologetic about her life and the decisions she made to survive, Evelyn Hugo is a character crafted from her ruthless ambition to succeed in a world dedicated to cutting her down. 
The novel is told through two timelines, one in the present day with Monique interviewing Evelyn, and the second flashbacks to Evelyn’s life and the events that shaped her into the star of the century.
“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” revolves around the ways our lives unexpectedly intersect with the people around us, how life is too short to live a life pretending to be someone you’re not, and the ways in which society pressures us to change.
With mesmerizing prose and a page-turning story, Taylor Jenkins Reid weaves a colorful and engaging story of two women whose lives intersect through decades and across generations.
First published in 2017, “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” is a contemporary historical fiction novel, and while Evelyn Hugo never really existed, she, and her story, feel as real as though she had.
Jenkins Reid crafts an incredible, touching, and profound story with “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” about a flawed, brave and ambitious woman, the life she lead, and the reporter who tells her story.
Kayla Houp may be reached via email at [email protected].

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