Steinur Bell’s award-winning story How We Arrive had the distinction of being the last post to go up before Sandy hit. (And Joyland’s home office neighborhood of Greenpoint was mostly spared while we were stuck on the road touring Emily Schultz’ novel The Blondes). You may have missed…
In Emily Schultz’s novel, The Blondes (Doubleday Canada 2012, and St. Martin's Thomas Dunne 2014), Hazel Hayes is a grad student living in New York City. As the novel opens, she learns she is pregnant (from an affair with her married professor) at an apocalyptically bad time: random but deadly attacks on passers-by, all by blonde women, are terrorizing New Yorkers. Soon it becomes clear that the attacks are symptoms of a strange illness that is transforming blondes—whether CEOs, flight attendants, students or accountants—into rabid killers.
With echoes of White Noise and a biting satiric wit, The Blondes is at once an examination of the complex relationships between women, and a merciless but giddily enjoyable portrait of what happens in a world where beauty is—literally—deadly.
EMILY SCHULTZ's first book, Black Coffee Night, was a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Award. Her recent novel, Heaven is Small, was a finalist for the 2010 Trillium Award alongside Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Ian Brown, and Anne Michaels. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Elle, The Walrus Magazine, and several anthologies. Schultz is also co-publisher of Joyland, which publishes short fiction from across North America. A best-seller in Canada, The Blondes will release in 2014 in the USA. Schultz lives in New York.