The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It was published by Atria Publishing Group in 2017.

The novel tells the story of the fictional Old Hollywood star Evelyn Hugo, who at the age of 79 decides to give a final interview to an unknown journalist, Monique Grant. According to Reid, Evelyn Hugo was loosely based in part on actresses Elizabeth Taylor, who was married eight times to seven different men, and Ava Gardner, who revealed the secrets of her life to a journalist which was eventually published as Ava Garner: The Secret Conversations.[1][2]

The novel was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction of 2017.[3]


Monique Grant is a 35 year old struggling writer living in New York City. After landing a job at the prestigious Vivant she learns some stunning news from her editor: actress Evelyn Hugo, who became famous in the 1960s, has agreed to an interview with Vivant under the condition that Monique is the one to do the interview. Though she is stunned by the request, Monique realizes the opportunity could make her career, that is if she doesn't allow herself to be star struck by one of the most famous actresses in the world.


The novel received positive reviews. The Globe and Mail called it "a cinematic tale with hardscrabble roots, staggering highs and sickening lows."[4]


  1. ^ Granett, Brandi Megan Granett. "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Q & A with Taylor Jenkins Reid". Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  2. ^ Block, Tara. "Taylor Jenkins Reid on the Scandalous True Stories That Inspired Her Latest Novel". Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  3. ^ "BEST HISTORICAL FICTION". Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  4. ^ Stapley, Melissa. "Review: Roz Nay's Our Little Secret, Julia Fierro's The Gypsy Moth Summer and Taylor Jenkins Reid's The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo". Retrieved 21 February 2018.