Beautiful Quotes from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid is an amazing book, and I definitely agree that it is worth the hype. It is one of those important topic books that is a great conversation starter, though (*trigger warning*) it does cover many difficult topics.

The novel tells the story of the fictional Old Hollywood star Evelyn Hugo, who, at age 79, gives a final interview to an unknown journalist.

I found it to be quite sad, and there are many scenes that are tough to read. But the uncomfortable scenes are what make the writing so good–it makes you feel angry, and happy, and it makes you feel understood and seen, because they are relatable. It is also a book that makes readers think about big topics–*TW* sexual assault, rape, domestic abuse, homophobia, biphobia, alcoholism, and lgbtq+ rights, just to name a few.

I found so many powerful quotes, and highlighted so many lines in my book! Here are a few of my favorites:

I, Antigone

As a classicist, I am a big fan of Greek myth retellings, and I am happy for every chance I get to read them. In I, Antigone, Carlo Gébler paints a beautiful picture of a world filled with Kings and Queens of the ages, and brings a new twist to one of the oldest stories in the world, the story of Thebes. If you thought you knew the whole story, think again.

Antigone is a tragedy by Sophocles written in or before 441 BC. Of the three Theban plays, Antigone is the third in order of the events depicted in the plays, but it is the first that was written. The play expands on the Theban legend that predates it, and I, Antigone is written in the same spirit for a modern audience.

Most modern myths have many versions and variations, and will pull from various sources like Ovid, Homer, Hesiod, Sophocles. I was interested to see which myths Carlo Gébler would include in Antigone’s world. I was excited to find the author took inspiration from various sources and included many gods and goddesses into the story, all while giving them a modern spin.

With this books we get many stories in one. Many myths make up the grander tale of the Greek king, Oedipus. Within the story of Oedipus, we also get the stories of Europa and the bull; their children Minos and Adamanthus; Cadmus’ search for his sister Europa, and his founding the founding of the great city Thebes; how Cadmus’ great-grandson Laius became king at Thebes, and how he brought a great curse upon his line.

Retellings of the Greek myths and legends are really popular right now, and I, Antigone is a great read for fans of Madeline Miller and Scarlett St. Claire.

Lunar Tides by Shannon Webb-Campbell

Expansive and enveloping, Shannon Webb-Campbell’s collection Lunar Tides asks, “Who am I in relation to the moon?” Which, in turn, poses a very meta question: who are we in relation to the natural world? As Jane Austen would say, “What are men compared to rocks and mountains?”

These poems explore the connections between love, grief, water and the moon. The collection is structured like the lunar calendar, into moon phases, like the cycles of life, or the stages of grief.

“What phase was the moon when she left? / How high or low were the tides?” This short couplet begins the collection and likens the phases of the moon to the phases of life, asking who are we when we pass? Will our goblet be full or empty?

Lunar Tides follows the rhythms of the body, the tides, the moon, and long, deep familial relationships that are both personal and ancestral. Originating from Webb-Campbell’s deep grief of losing her mother, Lunar Tides charts the arc to finding her again in the waves. 

Earth energy shoots through your body

you inner garden hydrates

vines grow stronger to your mother

Bloodstone New Moon

The poem Bloodstone New Moon associates breathwork with healing energy. Breathing is used as a way to connect with a higher power, and, in this case, with her mother. Though the physical channels are different, we may still connect to the ones who have passed, as Webb-Campbell suggests. 

The poems in Lunar Tides seek to define grief, and ultimately find a path toward healing. We, all of us, have two mothers: Our human mothers, as well as our Mother Earth. To understand that connection is to understand ourselves.


Shannon Webb-Campbell is a mixed Indigenous (Mi’kmaq) settler

poet, writer, and critic. She is the author of Still No Word (2015), recipient

of Eagle Canada’s Out in Print Award, and I Am A Body of Land (2019;

finalist for the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry). Shannon holds an MFA in

Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and a MA

in English Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland and

Labrador, and is pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of New Brunswick

in the Department of English. She is the editor of Visual Arts News

Magazine. Shannon is a member of Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation and

lives in Kijpuktuk/Halifax in Mi’kma’ki.

Thank you to Book*hug Press for sending me a free Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of this title. All opinions are my own.

Official Announcement: The Wanderer Literary Journal name change

The Wanderer Literary Journal was originally created as a group project for a literature course. When this blog first launched in 2015, our mission was to bond over books and create a space for us to share our thoughts and reviews. We named our journal The Wanderer in recognition of our wandering literary adventures.

To wander is to ramble on, to roam, to stray, without a purpose or objective. All of us wander through life and, as readers, through stories, in the hopes of finding our own path. As travelers, each of us desire that journey – to find our own story.

from the original Wanderer mission statement

There are some changes that I will be making to the blog, and one of them is a new name. Yes folks, The Wanderer Literary Journal is going into retirement. I’ve gone far beyond the traditional concept for the blog, and as a result, the name “The Wanderer Literary Journal” doesn’t reflect how I think of myself as an independent reviewer. The original Wanderers have all since moved on from our blog, but I will always treasure my first book club — Nia, Hayley and Iyari, thank you for wandering with me.

My overall mission will remain exactly the same–I am a book reviewer and I intend to continue running my blog and social media accounts with honesty and transparency. I will still be writing, reviewing, editing, and discussing books. Thank you to the followers and friends I have made along the way, and thank you for your support!

Here’s to new chapters. 📖