The Blondes

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May 01, 2015 at 03:37 PM EDT

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

The Blondes

2015 book by Emily Schultz
type
Book
Genre
Novel
author
Emily Schultz
publisher
Doubleday Canada
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The Blondes

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