5 reasons to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
What's better than some good fiction to relax after a stressful week? From a narrative point of view, this book has plenty of twists and turns to keep you hooked. It's a very light, entertaining read. The author had worked as a film producer and her experience in audiovisual production helps her paint incredible pictures with only her words.
You could say it's a feminist story. The novel is written with a gender perspective and it avoids forced clichés while clearly taking up a political stance.
Well-written sexual diversity? Yes! Jenkins Reid mentions in the book's acknowledgements that she consulted people from different communities to build good representation through her characters: "To Kate, Courtney, Julia, and Monique, thank you for helping me write about people different from myself. It is a tall order that I take on humbly and it helps so much to have you by my side."
The novel was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards as Best Historical Fiction. It was also a Book of the Year finalist, award given by Book of the Month, in 2017.
A Netflix film adaptation is in production!
What have we been reading?
In Lía Díaz's words: "Lately, I've been attending some workshops to help me further reflect on feminisms, politics, history. That's why my most recently read books are more essays than fiction. On top of that, I read most of them as part of guided readings: it really helps me focus and reflect together with peers. I read 'Mujeres en la sociedad argentina' by Dora Barrancos; 'Living a Feminist Life' and 'The Promise of Happiness' by Sara Ahmed; '¿La rebeldía se volvió de derecha?'; the biography 'La Berkins'; and 'Feminism for the 99%.' In terms of fiction, I recently read 'Parte de la felicidad.' That story really got to me."