From the author of the global sensation Cat Person comes You Know You Want This, a compulsive short story collection about sex, dating and modern life that will thrill you before it chills you.
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. Her short story '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'. You Know You Want This is her first book.
"I kept getting lured into another and another [of the stories]...
[Kristen Roupenian has] one of those brains that feel
out-of-this-world brilliant and also completely askew... What's
special about Cat Person, and the rest of the stories in You Know
You Want This is the author's expert control of language,
character, story - her ability to write stories that feel told, and
yet so unpretentious and accessible that we think they must be
true." -- Lauren Holmes * New York Times *
"You Know You Want This at once enchants and horrifies... [Roupenian's] writing recalls the gloomy feminist fairy-tales of Angela Carter. This collection cements her reputation as one of the most startling new voices in fiction." * Economist *
"Roupenian is in possession of [a] formidable talent... the inner worlds of her narrators are always lifelike. She allows us to embody these characters wholly which is always an unsettling journey... [You Know You Want This] will leave you gasping." -- Sophie White * Irish Independent *
"It's only a matter of time before you find yourself thumping someone's dinner table vigorously as you discuss [You Know You Want This]... Roupenian's latest tales are sexy, chilling and disturbingly gruesome in finest fairytale tradition... Think Delta of Venus meets Angela Carter meets Bridesmaids." -- Harriet Walker * The Times *
"Wholly engrossing." -- Hayley Maitland * Vogue *
"Looking at modern gender and power dynamics, these uncomfortable tales are frequently (understandably) dark - and sometimes horrific - but equally often there is sheer relief at hearing someone brilliantly articulate those itchy-scratchy `Is it just me?' irritations and neuroses... [You Know You Want This] may not be an easy read, but it's an original one." * Grazia *
"A scintillating new debut collection, with a glorious revenge comedy at its center... [Roupenian] proves astonishingly deft at depicting the warped psychology of romantic entanglement, and finding the black humor in it." -- Laura Collins-Hughes * Boston Globe *
"Roupenian is a horror writer, bone-deep and red-blooded. Her horrors, like the horrors of Shirley Jackson or Janet Frame, are grounded in sharp emotional veracity... Roupenian bites unsparingly into the darkest chambers of the human heart." -- Sarah Ditum * New Statesman *
"[Roupenian's] writing here is sharp and pitiless, and... makes Cat Person look tame... toe-curlingly nasty at times, [You Know You Want This owes] more to writers such as Shirley Jackson and Joyce Carol Oates than to the new wave of post#MeToo fem-lit." -- Katie Law * Evening Standard *
"Kristen Roupenian isn't just an uncannily great writer, she also knows things about the human psyche-things that I always supposed I would learn at some point, but never did. Some of these things are about men's minds in particular and I'm pretty sure she's right. The world has made a lot more sense since reading this book." -- Miranda July