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The Blondes

Emily Schultz's novel follows a pregnant graduate student trying to survive a strange apocalypse.

Emily Schultz

Hazel Hayes is a graduate student living in New York City when she learns that she is pregnant from an ill-advised affair with her married professor. More worrisome than the shock of this discovery is the apocalyptically bad timing: random but deadly attacks, all by women with light hair, have begun terrorizing the city's inhabitants. As the days pass, it becomes clear that the attacks are symptoms of a strange contagion that is transforming blondes from all walks of life — whether CEOs, flight attendants, students, accountants, television personalities or academics — into rabid killers. Hazel — confused, desperate, almost penniless and soon visibly pregnant — flees the city and sets out to cross the border into Canada where she will find the one woman who just might be able to help her in a world gone awry. (From Anchor Canada)

From the book

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. They compete for dominance — if not over money, than over mating. They know this, each and every one. But women are civilized animals. We have something to prove too, but we'll swirl our anger with straws in the bottom of our drinks and suck it up, leaving a lipstick stain. We'll comment on your hair or your dress only to land a backhanded compliment, make you feel pathetic and poor, too fat or too thin, too young or too old, unsophisticated, unqualified, unwanted. For women, power comes by subtle degrees. I could write a thesis on such women — and I nearly did.

From The Blondes by Emily Schultz ©2013. Published by Anchor Canada.