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The Blondes (Doubleday Canada, 2012)

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The Blondes (Editions Alto, 2014)


“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

“An engaging, satirical study of our beauty-obsessed society and the idea that looks really can kill.” Chatelaine


Heaven is Small- Canada (Anansi, 2009)

Heaven is Small- US (PGW 2010)


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Heaven Is Small

Praise for Heaven Is Small

Schultz’s latest is a satire of office life, romance novels, and afterlife narratives. She has accomplished something quite remarkable here…
—Publishers Weekly

Heaven is Small is confident, disturbing and clever reeling us along, prodding us to notice the lame trappings of what we call living…. Schultz’s voice is stronger than ever, her storytelling tighter and her writing still replete with those trademark ziplines, surprising little protons of description that vault the reader into Schultz’s unique narrative universe.
—Globe and Mail

Schultz has created a delightful cast of lost souls . . . Heaven is Small is a keen examination of life and the afterlife, brimming with intelligence and wit.
—Quill & Quire

Heaven Is Small [is] a stunning, often surprising read with moments of such audacity that the reader is likely to gasp out loud. . . . Schultz is an impressive talent . . . creating something new, something unique. The result is bold and winning, the sort of novel that satisfies on every level while managing to leave the reader with an afterglow of questions and observations.
—Vancouver Sun

Emily Schultz is one of those forces of nature that propels a literary scene.
—Toronto Star

Heaven Is Small is a Kafkaesque tale…
—The Hour

Schultz manages to channel the utter absurdity of romance novels and the workplace into a mostly charming book about someone who is just trying to make a difference, even if they missed the opportunity while they were alive…. A well-written meditation on how we choose to live our lives, and who we choose to live them for.

Heaven Is Small is both a love story and a biting book-world comedy, in which Schultz skewers with equal fondness genre publishers, literary magazines and slickly marketed fiction stars… Gordon’s workaday afterlife — with its bagged lunches, gossip and ghostly commuter culture — is drawn in hilarious and poignant detail.
—North Shore News (Vancouver)

Gordon Small, the hero of this smart, deadpan novel by Toronto’s Emily Schultz, makes the same mistake Bruce Willis did in The Sixth Sense: he fails to notice that he’s dead.
—Georgia Straight

Toronto author and poet Emily Schultz excels at creating intricate, beautifully drawn worlds, encapsulated like snow globes…. Heaven is Small is a funny but heartbreaking story about the publishing industry, the disconnect between authors and their readers…
—The Coast (Halifax)


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