Book Talk: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This book is not what you would think it is. It’s fabulous, disturbing at times, and profoundly moving.
This novel is captivating from the get-go. After reading the title, you will immediately think of Elizabeth Taylor, but it’s not what you would think. The character of Evelyn Hugo is so beautifully created, fractured, flawed, yet profoundly wise. The author, Taylor Jenkins Reid has done a beautiful job at creating this character.
People are complex; relationships are complex, life is complex. We see this through the two characters, Evelyn Hugo and Monique Grant. It is beautiful to see how Evelyn, who had made some questionable choices in her life, never regrets them. While reading this book, it was consoling at times for the decisions that I have made in mine and that it’s okay if I don’t regret them. Funny how we can relate to fictitious characters. But then that’s the beauty of fictional writing and Taylor has the gift.
The story flows, and I wanted to keep reading and not stop. But I found myself often stopping just to ponder over what I had just read and soak it in before moving. And then a twist I was not expecting only because I was so deeply enthralled in the reading.
If you are looking for a good read for this holiday season, this is a must-read.
My rating is five stars.
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 in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her 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 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.
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