“People think that intimacy is about sex.  

But intimacy is about truth.  

When you realize you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is ‘You’re safe with me’—that’s intimacy.”

This quote appears at the end of Chapter 17 as Evelyn and Celia celebrate a planted media story that saves Evelyn’s reputation. Throughout Evelyn’s life, she has had transactional sex with men to further her career, protect her reputation, and eventually protect her relationship with Celia—and as a result, sex is not always an intimate experience for her, and she has few truly intimate relationships. However, while the majority of her relationship with Harry is nonsexual, she has a deeply intimate relationship with him. She trusts him, partners with him, and raises a child with him. She spends her life chasing fame and fortune, but in the end, Evelyn discovers that what she most wants is the intimacy she found with Celia. It is the intimacy of being known and loved for the person she truly is.