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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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I really loved this book. It is beautifully read. it really gets going towards the end and made me cry

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Fantastic story

A beautifully written story with captivating narration.
This story had me hooked from the start. If you are on the fence about this one, don't be it was worth the credit.

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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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A gripping and relatable read that took me by the hand and guided me through many emotions.

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A lot of hype for quite a boring story

This is ok, it’s not setting my world alight like it seems to for other people. It’s ok - bit boring in places and the ending was fairly predictable and not so shocking.
It’s just so much hype for a fairly average book. I was surprised at how average it was. If I allowed to say it feels like it ticks the diversity boxes and so people are saying its a masterpiece - but for me just average.

If I hadn’t read it I wouldn’t be missing out.

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Amazing voice over

I struggled at the start to get into this book because I just didn't like the first character but soon got a liking to her. I really went from liking characters to hating them to loving them right back to hate and again falling in love with them. This book is really great and I highly recommend it but be warned its not a happy ending.

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Easy listening. The book attempts to be edgy and current and I think achieves this through the main character. Good ending. wasnt expecting it.

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Enjoyable light reading

I enjoyed this story and it kept me gripped to the end. there was some imbalance in the character portrayals and the ending felt rushed. Nevertheless I gree to love the main character and her story. I would read again if I wanted an easy enjoyable read.

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Just couldn’t get enough of this book!!

This book had me listening to it in every spare moment I had…even in the shower! One of my favourites books of all time too. The narrators were outstanding and this is a must read/listen ❤️

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Brilliant

Couldn’t listen all in one go because something about the narration grated. All the same a brilliant book. Really enjoyed it

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Absolute delight from start to finish.

I loved it. The best work of fiction I've encountered in a few years!