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The Blondes

The Blondes

A Novel

Emily Schultz

Picador

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The Blondes on NPR's Best Books of 2015 list and a Bookpage Best Book of 2015

“Emily Schultz is my new hero.” —Stephen King

The Blondes is a hilarious and whip-smart novel where an epidemic of a rabies-like disease is carried only by blonde women, all of whom must go to great lengths to conceal their blondeness.

Emily Schultz’s beautifully realized novel is a mix of satire, thriller, and serious literary work. With 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.

NPR Best Book of the Year, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

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WOMEN HAVE STUPID DREAMS. We laud each other only to tear each other down. We are not like men; men shake hands with hate between them all the time and have public arguments that are an obvious jostling for power and position....

Praise for The Blondes

“EMILY SCHULTZ IS MY NEW HERO.” —STEPHEN KING on Emily Schultz

“LIKE THE LITERARY LOVE CHILD OF NAOMI WOLF AND STEPHEN KING, The Blondes examines our cultural attitudes about beauty through the lens of a post-9/11, high-alert nightmare. The result is a SPELLBINDING brew, both satirical and deeply satisfying.” —Helene Wecker, author of The Golem and the Jinni

“Sharp and fluid and legitimately disturbing. A THINKING PERSON'S NAILBITER.” —Ben Lorry, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

The Blondes is intelligent, MESMERIZING, and fearless. An entirely original and beautifully twisted satire with a heart of darkness.” —Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Lola Quartet

“An energetic, startling novel. Emily Schultz is a writer with a deadly sense of humor. YOU LAUGH ONE MOMENT, YOU'RE FRIGHTENED THE NEXT. As unsettling as it is funny, The Blondes had me hooked from an early line: The neighbors have finished burning the hair... How could anybody not read on from there?” —Peter Orner, author of Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge

“Emily Schultz gives new meaning to the term 'femme fatale' in her apocalyptic, darkly satirical new novel... A gripping and unsettling story...It's a scarily realistic state of affairs.” —The Toronto Star

The Blondes takes you by surprise and keeps on surprising.” —Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist

“A nail-biter that is equal parts suspense, science fiction, and a funny, dark sendup of the stranglehold of gend… More…

“EMILY SCHULTZ IS MY NEW HERO.” —STEPHEN KING on Emily Schultz

“LIKE THE LITERARY LOVE CHILD OF NAOMI WOLF AND STEPHEN KING, The Blondes examines our cultural attitudes about beauty through the lens of a post-9/11, high-alert nightmare. The result is a SPELLBINDING brew, both satirical and deeply satisfying.” —Helene Wecker, author of The Golem and the Jinni

“Sharp and fluid and legitimately disturbing. A THINKING PERSON'S NAILBITER.” —Ben Lorry, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

The Blondes is intelligent, MESMERIZING, and fearless. An entirely original and beautifully twisted satire with a heart of darkness.” —Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Lola Quartet

“An energetic, startling novel. Emily Schultz is a writer with a deadly sense of humor. YOU LAUGH ONE MOMENT, YOU'RE FRIGHTENED THE NEXT. As unsettling as it is funny, The Blondes had me hooked from an early line: The neighbors have finished burning the hair... How could anybody not read on from there?” —Peter Orner, author of Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge

“Emily Schultz gives new meaning to the term 'femme fatale' in her apocalyptic, darkly satirical new novel... A gripping and unsettling story...It's a scarily realistic state of affairs.” —The Toronto Star

The Blondes takes you by surprise and keeps on surprising.” —Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist

“A nail-biter that is equal parts suspense, science fiction, and a funny, dark sendup of the stranglehold of gender.” —Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

“Suspenseful, ferociously clever, exceedingly well written, poignant and hilarious.” —Booklist (Starred)

“Genre and fans of feminist horror will welcome Emily Schultz' skin-crawling, Cronenbergian satire The Blondes, a horror story offering a refreshingly feminine spin to the ever-expanding pool of apocalyptic fiction.” —Rue Morgue

“Fast-paced drama, punctuated with humor...Schultz writes a subtle commentary on how discrimination operates around the globe.” —Shelf Awareness

“Schultz spins an eerie tale with perspective into our cultural attitudes about beauty.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Emily Shultz balances biting humor and thrilling suspense in a complex story.” —US Weekly

“What started out as a pseudo zombie-tale is now also a road story, and a feminist bildungsroman, and a parable about prejudice and reproductive freedom and immigration” —The Los Angeles Times

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Emily Schultz

EMILY SCHULTZ is the co-founder of the literary journal Joyland. Her previous novel, Heaven Is Small, was named a finalist for the Trillium Book Award alongside books by Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro, as was The Blondes. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Brian Joseph Davis. The inspiration for The Blondes was a Gucci ad featuring murderous looking blonde women in a Vanity Fair magazine. Emily's story about her masquerading as a blonde was featured in Elle Magazine. A blog post from Emily entitled "How I Spent the Stephen King Money" recently went viral.

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Emily Schultz's literary magazine, Joyland

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