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'The Blondes' by Emily Schultz: EW review

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The Blondes

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Emily Schultz
publisher:
Doubleday Canada
genre:
Novel

We gave it a B

In Schultz’s unsettling satirical novel, a rabies-like disease hits New York City, infecting only blond women. Blonde Fury, as the media call it, causes its victims to attack passersby at random, viciously and fatally. Worldwide paranoia sets in (the Netherlands is hit hard; India, not so much), and women dye their hair dark or even shave their eyebrows to avoid infection. Potential carriers are quarantined for months—like our pregnant narrator, Hazel Hayes, a redhead whose susceptibility to Blonde Fury is unknown. (Is red hair light enough to fear?) Schultz spins an eerie tale with perspective into our cultural attitudes about beauty, but when she spins too hard, the story dulls. B