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About the Book

About the Book

You Know You Want This: "Cat Person" and Other Stories

From the author of “Cat Person” --- “the short story that launched a thousand theories” (The Guardian) --- comes Kristen Roupenian's highly anticipated debut, a compulsively readable collection of short stories that explore the complex --- and often darkly funny --- connections between gender, sex and power across genres.

YOU KNOW YOU WANT THIS brilliantly explores the ways in which women are horrifying as much as it captures the horrors that are done to them. Among its pages are a couple who becomes obsessed with their friend hearing them have sex, then seeing them have sex…until they can’t have sex without him; a 10-year-old whose birthday party takes a sinister turn when she wishes for “something mean”; a woman who finds a book of spells half hidden at the library and summons her heart’s desire --- a nameless, naked man; and a self-proclaimed “biter” who dreams of sneaking up behind and sinking her teeth into a green-eyed, long-haired, pink-cheeked coworker.

Spanning a range of genres and topics --- from the mundane to the murderous and supernatural --- these are stories about sex and punishment, guilt and anger, the pleasure and terror of inflicting and experiencing pain. These stories fascinate and repel, revolt and arouse, scare and delight in equal measure. And, as a collection, they point a finger at you, daring you to feel uncomfortable --- or worse, understood --- as if to say, “You want this, right? You know you want this.”

Audiobook available; read by Aubrey Plaza, Jayme Mattler, Molly Pope, Will Damron, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Emily Tremaine, Finn Wittrock, Amy Ryan, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Corey Brill, Jacques Roy and Kristen Roupenian

You Know You Want This: "Cat Person" and Other Stories
by Kristen Roupenian

  • Publication Date: January 15, 2019
  • Genres: Fiction, Short Stories
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
  • ISBN-10: 1982101636
  • ISBN-13: 9781982101633