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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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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“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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  • 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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  • Akona

    Meh… overhyped.

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  • Anonymous

    Didn’t live up to what I was hearing about the book. It’s likely it just isn’t the book for me.

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  • Latoya L.

    Heartbreak is loss. Divorce is just a piece of paper. This book here, is life changing. Secrets and what measures one does to keep them.....Evelyn Hugo as the title says was married 7 times. Well technically 8, and that was the only one that mattered. Evelyn married young to escape her father and poverty. She always wanted to be rich and famous and she used her body to get all she wanted. During her Hollywood times she met Celia and fell in love, but didn't want the rest of the world to know it. So instead she married men to cover her true love. Until she turned 50 and didn't care anymore. She hid a death, abuse and so much. Her way of making things better, she found the daughter of the man who she covered up the death and presented her with writing her biography and millions of dollars right before her death. The very ones she loved all died abd left her all alone. This story kept me interested the whole time, I laughed, cringed and understood the Heartbreak and lengths one would go through for love. This is must read. #Book20of2022 #Bookworm #Whatsnext

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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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  • Brenda S.

    I really enjoyed this book. Was a good book to "hear" while recovering from eye surgery!

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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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  • Deborah R.

    I didn’t care for this book.. writing mediocre.. subject blah and not quite believable. Guess it hit all the markers though for race and LBGQT

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  • Jessica R.

    Got so sucked into the book. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down it got to the point i had to get the audio book. So many shocking moments definitely would recommen..

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  • Anonymous

    So amazing. I found myself attempting to Google Evelyn Hugo and her movies as if she was a real person, I couldn't get enough of her.

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