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A Canadian heritage moment

August 4, 2012

This weekend at The Toronto Standard, Emily M. Keeler included The Blondes in a wonderfully incisive write-up on pregnancy and reproductive rights in fiction. (Full disclosure, Keeler works as an editor at Joyland.) 

The Handmaid’s Tale is in The Blondes’ DNA—as a female author writing on the subject, how could it not be? But of interesting note is the character Moira. (Both books have characters with the name.) That was an unconscious choice on my part that we discovered during the editing of the second draft and, given the chance to change it, one I decided to keep.

While on the subject of the Canadian heritage of The Blondes I should point out just how many times I watched David Cronenberg’s 1977 film Rabid during the writing of the book. “The Roommate” even ended up informing Hazel Hayes’ look.  

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