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Published by Atria Books on June 13, 2017
Genres: Adult Fiction
Also by this author: Maybe in Another Life
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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 through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a 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.
Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating 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 takes—to face the truth.
Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my favorite authors for a a reason. She creates beautiful stories that really speak to women dealing with many modern issues including love, marriage and fate. But, do not go into this novel expecting more of the same. It is completely different in the most refreshing way. This the story of a truly amazing woman and how her life and ultimately her decisions (both good and bad) inform her beautiful, heartbreaking and amazing life.
Evelyn Hugo is an incredibly dynamic character who makes no apologies for who she is or what she has done in her life and career to get where she is. Certainly in the beginning of the novel I admired these attributes to an extent. It is refreshing to see a female character that is successful yet unapologetic and who is willing to make tough decisions in order to protect what she holds most dear. Like me though, you may struggle to understand and sympathize at times about what she does, right or wrong.
Read this book for a truly remarkable story of a truly remarkable woman. Its beautiful, epic and at time deeply painful but you will not regret it. In my opinion this Reid’s best novel to date. Truly amazing. This story will be in my thoughts for weeks to come. You may go into this novel looking for a story about husbands but make no mistake this is all Evelyn Hugo.