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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel

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Robin Miles, Alma Cuervo, Julia Whelan

12 Hours 10 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

June 2017

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“If you’re looking for a book to take on holiday this summer, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has got all the glitz and glamour to make it a perfect beach read.” —Bustle

From the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & the Six—an entrancing and “wildly addictive journey of a reclusive Hollywood starlet” (PopSugar) as she 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.

“Heartbreaking, yet beautiful” (Jamie Blynn, Us Weekly), The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is “Tinseltown drama at its finest” (Redbook): a mesmerizing journey through the splendor 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.

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  • Akona

    Meh… overhyped.

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  • Makenzie L.

    I had no idea what this was about. I went into this totally blind. It’s not my cup of tea. I’m more of a mystery, thriller kind of person. It was so unbelievable.

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  • Anonymous

    This book was not for me. There’s no connection with any of the characters. The title has nothing to do with the story. At all.

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  • Dana O.

    Loved every minute!

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  • Anonymous

    I checked out this book not realizing that there was a LGBT story line which I felt was more of a lecture. I felt that Monique’s interview with Evelyn was like Evelyn reading a draft story - there was no interaction when Evelyn was narrating. The story did bring out points about how Hollywood, especially in the old days, spins the stories of actors and their personal lives to benefit themselves and their productions. With social media, it seems there is more transparency nowadays. I never really felt sympathetic to Evelyn or that she could experience “true love.” I felt Monique’s storyline wasn’t very well developed. But I did like how she resolved her situation at the end. This book was decent, but not one I would recommend or say was a great novel. Just so-so.

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  • Katie C

    An amazingly heartbreaking novel that delves into so many controversial topics. You'll hate Evelyn Hugo but you'll also admire her. I liked this one a lot more than I thought I would.

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  • Diana H

    Loved it. Hollywood secrets and glamour. Will make every woman realize how much has changed -- thanks to those who came before us.

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  • Lesley K.

    This book was a delight !! I like to listen in the car on the way to and from work. I cannot believe this book actually had me in tearful moments many times. So surprisingly great! I would listen to it again. If your looking for mystery or thriller etc… not for you. If you’re looking for a good story about love, loss, and finding your true self and voice. Here it is

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  • Anonymous

    I though this was a decent read overall, but the storyline didn't capture me and the "twists" felt fairly obvious before they were delivered.

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  • Ramilyn T.

    At first the book was a tad confusing for me, but once the story started going with Evelyn I was able to quickly catch on. Overall the story was really good and kept me sitting on my edge!

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