THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO
Wow! What a book! Welcome to your 2017 beach read. Reid's story is gorgeously layered; there's the gossip-y, Hollywood scenes, but also emotional depth, as she examines the scope of love and its many forms (platonic, sexual, maternal, staged). But most affecting is the deeper theme of identity. Reid delves into the purposeful difference between public and private life, as Evelyn struggles with her hard-fought success, which is at odds with her true self. Add a present-day mystery that tantalizes just enough, and this is an all-out winner! You'll stay hooked until the very last page, as the amazing, thought-provoking ending will leave you wondering, what would I have done?
Monique Grant's life is stalled. Her writing career hasn't taken off and her husband wants a divorce. But then something amazing happens: one of the most famous women in the world, aging Hollywood starlet Evelyn Hugo, wants Monique — and only Monique — to tell her story. We travel back with Evelyn to learn how it all started, from her hard-fought success in studio-controlled Hollywood, to her quest for an Oscar, to her seven — yes, seven, including some other paramours — husbands. It's an offer Monique can't refuse, even if she doesn't understand the true meaning of their deal. (ATRIA, Jun., 400 pp., $26.00)