Rating: 5 out of 5.

the seven husbands of evelyn hugo by taylor jenkins reid, 400 pp

literary fiction / women’s fiction

As I began Evelyn Hugo at first I was perturbed Jenkins Reid had chosen to use a magazine interview format as she had with Daisy Jones and the Six. Oh no, here we go, capitalizing on a formula for more success, I thought. Instead, I overlooked the formula once I flew into the glamour world of Hollywood in the 1950s-1980s and discovered film star Evelyn Hugo’s answer to reporter Monique Grant’s question, “Which one did you love the most?” One by one we meet each of Evelyn’s husbands along with the highs and lows of her career. The good – Oscars – and the bad – overtones of Harvey Weinstein – fill the pages with triumphs, friendships made and lost and relationships which can only endure when true love is at the core. For another look at the gritty side of early Hollywood, I recommend City of Flicking Light by Juliette Fay.

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