The Blondes (Paperback)

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A satirical apocalyptic horror novel that skewers our society's gendered beauty standards. An outbreak that turns beautiful women into crazed and violent monsters! The narrative style is unexpected and effective -- especially the imagined effect a virus like this might have on media and advertising. Yes - you will have to suspend your disbelief -- this one's social science, not virology -- I promise you, it's worth it. --Leigh

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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.

About the Author

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250081698
ISBN-10: 1250081696
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: April 12th, 2016
Pages: 400
Language: English