This is my second edition of Waiting On Wednesday, a weekly event held by Breaking the Spine.
When I tell people that my name is Farah, they always say – “like Farah Fawcett!” and I tell them that my mom was a major, MAJOR Farrah Fawcett fan. She has a permanent burn scar on one side of her forehead caused by a curling iron from achieving the “Farrah Fawcett” flip daily. And of course, she named her first born after the most famous Charlie’s Angel.
It’s funny because Farrah was a blond bombshell if there ever was one. And I’m like five foot tall with no genetic possibility of being blond. My Waiting for Wednesday pick is The Blondes by Emily Schultz. It’s a story about how blond women in New York are being infected with an illness that causes them to become rabid killers.
And a pregnant grad student has to stop them.
It doesn’t get any better than this kids. The only downside to this novel is that it’s not available till July 3, 2012! Oh but Emily, I can’t wait that long.
Here’s more from the publisher (Random House Canada):
A breakout novel for a young writer whose last book was shortlisted for the Trillium Prize alongside Anne Michaels and Margaret Atwood, and whom the Toronto Star called a “force of nature.”
Hazel Hayes is a grad student living in New York City. As the novel opens, she learns she is pregnant (from an affair with her married professor) at an apocalyptically bad time: random but deadly attacks on passers-by, all by blonde women, are terrorizing New Yorkers. Soon it becomes clear that the attacks are symptoms of a strange illness that is transforming blondes–whether CEOs, flight attendants, skateboarders or accountants–into rabid killers.
Hazel, vulnerable because of her pregnancy, decides to flee the city–but finds that the epidemic has spread and that the world outside New York is even stranger than she imagined. She sets out on a trip across a paralyzed America to find the one woman–perhaps blonde, perhaps not–who might be able to help her. Emily Schultz’s beautifully realized novel is a mix of satire, thriller, and serious literary work. With echoes of Blindness and The Handmaid’s Tale amplified by a 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.