I’m having a day today. I’m just not in the mood for anything. The job is just not working for me, the Government is a mess, and it feels like I’m taking crazy pills.
So let me tell you about a book I devoured in probably two days. I’m obsessed with Old Hollywood. The 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s were a fascinating time in our nation’s history, and the life the stars led in and around Hollywood is just filled with juicy details. You’d think it’s fiction, but it’s not!
Evelyn Hugo is an aging star who has worked through decades in the industry and is now ready to turn it all in. Her daughter had recently passed away from cancer, so she decides to sell her collection of famous gowns in order to donate the money to a cancer charity.
Monique Grant is an author working at a magazine and get the honor of being personally handpicked to ostensibly write an article about the artist and her gowns. When she shows up, she soon learns that Evelyn instead wants to dictate her life story to her. She starts by asking Evelyn a relatively simple question. “Who was the love of your life?”
The story follows her chronologically through her seven husbands to try and answer that question. There is a twist that I won’t spoil, but you can figure it out if you read between the lines of the early chapters.
In my head, I pictured Evelyn as an Elizabeth Taylor type character (which, you should read anything you can about her as well…so good).
She wanted to be famous, she wanted to be an actress, and she wanted to be loved. She worked hard to get to where she was at, even at times doing things that might not be considered good in a modern world.
Monique also spends the book trying to figure out why she was chosen by Evelyn herself to write this book. It turns out they have a pretty unexpected connection that I definitely didn’t see coming. I thought she was going to be her child or something crazy like that. Just know that is not the case.
I got this book through my Book of the Month membership…which I highly recommend to everyone. I even got a copy of Elin Hildebrand’s new book (my mom is a huge fan) at a substantial discount from the bookstores. The month prior I got Paula Hawkins “Into the Water” also at a discount.
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