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The Blondes (2012)

“Emily Schultz gives new meaning to the term ‘femme fatale’ in her apocalyptic, darkly satirical new novel….It’s Schultz’s vivid portrayal of the crisis itself and the public response to it that makes The Blondes such a gripping and unsettling story. Though based on an outlandish, even comic, premise, it’s a scarily realistic state of affairs.” —The Toronto Star

“Both a realist narrative about loneliness, insecurities and maternal anxieties and a fantastical, not quite allegorical tale of a semi-apocalypse. It’s a testament to author Emily Schultz’s immense gifts with tone, detail and the crafting of a compelling first-person voice that this novel is never less than engaging.” —The National Post

“[The Blondes] weaves together elements of suspense and satire, with an academic overlay of critical cultural theory, but at its essence it is a fast-paced, unpretentious read. A wash-and-wear cut, if you will. Bounced through threats that feel creepily familiar, off-kilter in the way of Atwoodian speculative fiction, Hazel emerges as an everywoman, and a survivor.” —The Globe and Mail

“The novel is part metaphor for racism, part commentary on epidemic-related paranoia and part sly look at manufactured beauty. But within these lofty themes are fascinating characters in intriguing relationships. NNNN” —Now Magazine

 

Interviews

Audio interview with Emily Schultz and Kevin Sylvester (CBC Sunday Edition)

Interview with Emily Schultz and Greg Quill (Toronto Star)

Interview with Emily Schultz and Jesse Kinos-Goodin (National Post)

Interview with Emily Schultz and Vit Wagner (Quill & Quire)


Interviews for earlier work

Interview with Emily Schultz and Mark Medley (National Post)

Interview with Emily Schultz and Noah Richler (audio)

Interview with Emily Schultz and Lemon Hound (blog)

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