This was not the book I expected, but honestly it was much more. Evelyn Hugo, born to Cuban immigrant parents in New York, dyes her hair an improbable platinum blonde and finds her way to Hollywood, where she does what is necessary to become a big star. Now approaching 80, she summons Monique Grant, an aspiring magazine writer, to her Manhattan apartment, to tell her life story. And what a story it is, filled with ambition, rivalries, and a great forbidden love in the Hollywood of the ’50s through the ’80s; and of course, there are the seven husbands. Monique has no idea why she has been chosen to write this authorized biography, but the reason turns out to connect Evelyn and Monique in an unexpected way.