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Book Reviews: Women’s Fiction

Posted on May 7, 2017 |

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


General Fiction > Women’s Fiction

The novel began as a story of an iconic, Academy Award-winning actress with decades in the movie industry revealing a salacious tell-all to a low-level journalist seemingly plucked out of obscurity. It is that to some degree, but 79-year-old movie star Evelyn Hugo’s story of her rise to fame and the reasons she had so many husbands is also about race, identity, and the discrimination faced by members of the LBGTQ community—the actors in front of the camera, the players behind the scenes, and the population at large.

 Monique is having trouble with her own marriage and career when she learns from her editor that Evelyn wants her and only her to tell her story. Monique can’t figure out what Evelyn really wants and why it has to be her, but she realizes that this is the career opportunity of a lifetime.

 Evelyn’s story of growing up poor (and beautiful) and making her way to Hollywood, her successes and failures in film and with her marriages, makes for compelling reading. I’ve read most of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s other books, and this is quite different than her other work, but I really enjoyed it (as I enjoyed her other novels).

 Evelyn’s story of her ruthless and calculated ascent into the wealthy Hollywood elite is deliciously consuming, but it’s her historical journey through the 50s, the 60s when the Stonewall riots happened, though the Reagan 80s that make this a must read.

Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.


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