God I love this book!
I think I’ve loved everything I’ve read from Taylor Jenkins Reid.
I’m in the middle of Malibu Rising, and it has yet to disappoint.
Anyway, back to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Evelyn Hugo is Old Hollywood royalty, a la Elizabeth Taylor. And she’s plucked a young writer, Monique Grant, out of relative obscurity to write her biography which is sure to sell millions of copies and launch her career to the stratosphere. Monique just has to wait to publish her all-access story until after Hugo’s death.
That’s it. That’s the deal. And Monique is not sure why she was chosen for the privilege, but it couldn’t have come at a better time. She is going through a divorce and her career as a magazine writer isn’t what she thought it would be. So, she agrees.
Over the course of several weeks, Evelyn tells Monique her entire life story – from growing up the child of Cuban immigrants in Queens to marrying a well-meaning man who could take her to Hollywood to her discovery and through six more husbands.
Perhaps the biggest revelation of all in the biography will be the answer to everyone’s nagging question: After seven husbands, who is the love the Evelyn Hugo’s life?
Taylor Jenkins Reid has an amazing ability to create characters and alternative universes within those that are already so familiar. It’s not unthinkable that people may mistake this book for a real biography or a reimagining of the true Evelyn Hugo. She does the same in Daisy Jones & the Six with the rock scene of the 1970s in LA.
I left the book feeling like I had read a true story, and it was one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve read in a long time. No notes!