Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Armchair Novel Review - The Blondes

The Blondes
by Emily Schultz

Hardcover, 400 pages
Also available as an eBook

The Blondes. The title alone is enough to suck you in. The Blondes!?!? What about them? Are they coming after me?

As a matter of fact, yes.

The book follows Hazel Hayes, grad student from Windsor, Ontario, now living in New York. She finds herself pregnant, from an awkward affair with her professor in Canada, poor, and uncertain about her future.

While she mulls her options, strange events start to happen in New York. Women behaving violently. First one, then a few, pretty soon it is a world-wide concern. And not all women - blondes. Something in the DNA of the fair-haired is leaving them susceptible to some deadly virus.

Baffled and on high alert, countries clamp down on security. Hazel desperately tries to get home to her own country in this intelligent, tongue in cheek look at women and beauty and politics.

Think The Handmaid's Tale meets zombie apocalypse. Schultz's writing is smart and quick with a wonderful underlying wit.

EMILY SCHULTZ's first book, Black Coffee Night, was a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Award, while her second, Joyland, received rave reviews. Her most recent novel, Heaven is Small, was a finalist for the 2010 Trillium Award alongside Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Ian Brown, and Anne Michaels. Her criticism has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Eye Weekly, The Walrus Magazine, and several anthologies. Schultz also edits an influential website called "Joyland," which publishers short fiction and commentary from across North America. For this work, she was named one of Canada's digital innovators by Quill & Quire magazine. Schultz lives in Toronto and New York.