Still Cringing After 'Cat Person'

When “Cat Person” appeared in “The New Yorker” in December 2017, it quickly became a viral hit, striking a chord with readers at the height of the #MeToo Movement. People seemed surprised by the Internet popularity of a long form fiction story—including its author, Kristen Roupenian. “You Know You Want This” is Roupenian’s highly anticipated debut collection of stories that, like “Cat Person,” dwells in discomfort and is compulsively readable. “The New Yorker”‘s fiction editor, Deborah Treisman, joined her for a conversation about why she chose “Cat Person” from a stack of other submissions, Roupenian’s new book and plans for an upcoming horror film.

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