From the creator of Cat Person – the first short story to go viral – comes You Know You Want This, a compulsive collection about sex, dating and modern life. These are stories of women’s lives now. They also happen to be horror stories. In some, women endure the horror. In others, they inflict it.
Here are women at work, at home, on dates, at the doctor’s, with their families and with their friends. Here are women grappling with desire, punishment, guilt and anger. These are stories that make you feel fascinated but repelled, scared but delighted, revolted but aroused.
You Know You Want This shows why Kristen Roupenian is the most audacious new voice in American fiction. Funny, furious, sly and explicit, she takes a long, hard look at the messed-up power dynamic between men and women – and messes it up some more.
Kristen Roupenian graduated from Barnard and holds a PhD in African Literature from Harvard. She is a Zell Fellow in the University of Michigan MFA program, and has received numerous awards for her work. She has studied with Laura Kasischke, Jeff Van der Meer and Claire Vaye Watkins. Cat Person became a viral sensation when it was published by the New Yorker at the end of 2017, dubbed ‘the most talked-about short story ever’.
Read: Just in case you’ve not read it already: Cat Person, The New Yorker
Review: Cat Person and other tales of the unexpected, The Guardian
Prompt: Think back to a dinner party you attended. Write a single paragraph on how the party unfolded. Remember to hone in on details too. Who else attended? What did they wear? What food was served?