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You Know You Want This
You Know You Want This: Cat Person and Other Stories | Kristen Roupenian
The eagerly awaited debut short story collection from Kristen Roupenian, the author of Cat Person, which became an instant online phenomenon after it was published in the New Yorker, making headlines around the globe.
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KSNAP
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This book is horrifying and dark and disturbing and beautiful and perfect. I spent an afternoon wishing I could put it down, and then it was over, and I wanted to recommend it to everybody, knowing they'd all resent me for making them read it.

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Randomly saw and grabbed at the library yesterday. Usually with a collection of short stories, my interest varies. However, with this collection I have liked every single one. Not at all what I expected, but loved it just the same. She is my right amount of weird!!

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Moony
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Sorry I read four of twelve storys inclusive cat person.yes sometimes I can agree with Roupenian thoughts but often they are too crazy for me. So I bail.

#shortstories

TheEllieMo I didn‘t really get the hype over Cat Person, so I don‘t think I‘ll bother with this one! 3mo
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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I read "Cat Person" and thought it was an intriguing story, but when I heard Roupenian put her collection in the Horror camp I was super curious and had to check it out. Definitely went beyond my expectations based on her viral story, and most of these really sucked me in so I had to finish each story in one go. My favorite (if you can call something so squicky favorite) was "The Matchbox Sign."

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Here are my #Top6Reads @Cinfhen. So hard to choose, I think I just lost an hour of my life! I'm definitely reading Kristen's book again, absolutely brilliant.

Stormborn1992 I'm glad to hear a good review on You Know You Want This, I have heard basically nothing but I have a copy on my shelf waiting to be read! 5mo
Megabooks Rust and Stardust got too intense for me, but it was great! 5mo
scowler1 @Megabooks It was hideous wasn't it? 5mo
Bklover You got me on the tagged book! Stacked! 5mo
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ephemeralwaltz
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These are my kind of short stories - short, fierce, shocking. The characters all felt extremely real, despite how much I hated them or precisely because of that. This is an exploration of sex and power, fears and insecurities - as captivating as it is revolting, as compelling as it is perverse. Intense! K. Roupenian has some seriously talent to look out for. I see 5 stars on the near horizon.

Emilymdxn I‘m so glad you loved it as much as me! 6mo
Weaponxgirl You seem to be back on a roll! Great looking book 6mo
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Pruzy I think Normal People by Sally Rooney is a great follow up! 6mo
ephemeralwaltz @Pruzy I've already read it! And you're right, the same topics regarding sex and power overlap. What a great read! 6mo
Pruzy @ephemeralwaltz What was your favourite short story from You Know You Want This? 6mo
ephemeralwaltz @Pruzy Maybe the first one. And Cat Person. Also the one about the Princess. I love how she threw that one in! 6mo
Pruzy @ephemeralwaltz The Princess one was really good (in a twisted way, of course) as was Cat Person. I liked Nice Guy, but I thought the first story was next level twisted! Interesting to see how influenced by horror Roupenian was. (edited) 6mo
ephemeralwaltz @Pruzy Nice Guy was also genius! She made me feel all sorts of feelings. Chills! 6mo
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suzisteffen
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It was ... interesting ... to read this book while also reading Skin Folk. I feel the tug of some story ocean undertow (perhaps even the Under Toad), but I don‘t quite know what that story ocean is made of - a grim Euro fairytale well, for the most part. Though it‘s not pretty, I think the author often observes subtleties of human behavior & self-delusion. 4⭐️

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suzisteffen
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Short stories, including “Cat Person.” Pic from The Guardian review (which I haven‘t read yet): https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/feb/01/you-know-you-want-this-kristen-rou... #shortstories

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Emilymdxn
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I devoured this! Even better than I was expecting and I had high expectations. Truly amazing short stories. Each one was nightmarish and somehow pulpy, classy, dreamy and psychological all at the same time (how is that possible?), without being cheap or gross. I loved the magic realism more than the realist ones, but that‘s just my taste. Magic realism is my favourite thing in the world

ephemeralwaltz Yees! I just started this one. I know I'm going to love it. 6mo
Emilymdxn @ephemeralwaltz I hope you enjoy! 6mo
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suzisteffen
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Look what just came in at the library! By the author of “Cat Person,” in case you remember the most famous - & certainly the most viral - short story of the 2000s. #librarymonth

Theaelizabet I remember...but never read it. I should find it and bring myself up-to-date! 7mo
Theaelizabet Thanks! @suzisteffen (edited) 7mo
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AlizaApp
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Short stories from the author of “Cat Person” (which is also included in this collection). Some have more of a fantasy element than I anticipated, which was nice. But some did not quite work for me. I really liked the one about a little girl‘s birthday party gone wrong.

readordierachel I really like the cover 7mo
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LibraryBrat
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Panpan

Book club pick for March. Didn‘t care for it.

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DoonTheGoon
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Wow! What a seriously entertaining, delightfully twisted set of short stories! Roupenian has a knack for creating very interesting character relationships and then dissecting them down to their parts. I blazed through this one - and I cannot wait for her upcoming novel. Love love love!

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BooksForEmpathy
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Sour hazy IPA and the comfiest couch ever and some reading time this Saturday ☀️.

This collection is not really doing anything for me. And that is hard to admit. I am reading it for Book Club because so many of us liked the Cat Person story in the NYT but none of these are capturing that same energy. Please tell me it gets better!!!

8little_paws I'll admit I've heard.... not great things about this collection 9mo
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BooksForEmpathy
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So excited to read this for Book Club next week! I keep hearing more and more great things.

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scowler1
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Absolutely brilliant. What a writer. She's working on a novel apparently and I can't wait.
It's quite disturbing in places, often bizarre, sometimes mildly erotic but then not really.
I am so impressed.

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scowler1
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Good library trip 😀

Post---OAP Just read House of Leaves. An incredible adventure, fun and powerful all the way through. Plus a great lesson in maintaining character voice. 9mo
scowler1 Reading it now @Post---OAP . It's insane. I can't stop reading it though. 9mo
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thewellreadpug
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Thank you @offtheshelfofficial and @simonbooks — I‘m so excited to read You Know You Want This by @kroupenian 💕#bookstagram #judgeabookbyitscover #bookworm

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mklong
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The adjectives that kept coming to mind while I was reading this one are fresh and fun. Of course, Roupenian doesn‘t hit them all out of the park, but her voice and style are vibrant even in the couple of stories that don‘t quite land. My favorite is the delightfully eerie “Sardines,” but there were several other standouts too. I‘m here for whatever she does next.

Pruzy The eeriness of Sardines was great. I also thought Nice Guy was even better than the much hyped Cat Person. 9mo
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Lylah
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What is it about “Cat Person” that‘s so uncomfortable and subtly terrifying? It‘s so well done. Technically having consensual sex but being pressured by social norms rather than the person to continue when you don‘t want to? The super typical response of Robert to turn from a normal loser into a creepy guy that goes to places the narrator frequents and accuses her of being a whore? Making excuses to keep pursuing men who put no effort into you?

Pruzy I think the end of the story highlights how easy it is for some random creepo to start calling a woman who is just living her life a whore, when she has done absolutely nothing wrong whatsoever 9mo
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I loved these stories so much! They are definitely dark and incredibly visceral!

Pruzy Which was your favourite? 9mo
Mirandareads @Pruzy Honestly I loved every one of them. They were all so different I could enjoy them all! 9mo
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Lylah
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I read “Cat Person” back when everyone was circling that around the Internet, so I‘m excited to see what other stories Roupenian can think up!

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Cathythoughts
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Just listened to an amazing interview on Arena , an Arts radio show here every night at 7. This book of short stories sounds amazing .... great interview with this writer, she spoke a lot about writer/reader relationship ..... she wants us , I‘m stacking 👍🏻💕

JamieArc I read the short story Cat Person. I forget which news outlet published it, but I bet you can find it if you google it. It made me think a lot and want to read this book. 10mo
Cathythoughts @JamieArc thanks! I‘ll look up Cat Person. I imagine her writing will be very gripping ♥️👍🏻 10mo
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daena
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Joined my local independent bookstore‘s Signed First Editions Book Club and this is January‘s selection. So far one story in and I am hooked.

Pruzy I thought the first story was the most traumatizing! 9mo
daena @Pruzy so far it is! 9mo
Pruzy @daena Which one are you at now? 9mo
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PrincessHeidiii
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I LOVED this book. It‘s a collection of short stories, they really got a reaction out of me. I can only hope a sequel is on the horizon.

Google “Cat Person” you can read the best story for free and it gives you a taste of the authors style. Best book I read in January

Pruzy I thought Nice Guy was on par with Cat Person! 9mo
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I went into these stories braced not to like them. I quite enjoyed Cat Person and the surrounding controversy, but heard these stories were full of unlikeable characters and disturbing situations. And they are, but Kristen Roupenian has an uncanny sense of the inner lives of people - their messy, uncomfortable, inner lives. Plus one story that feels like it doesn't fit unless you think of them as cat people. ;)

Pruzy What‘s the story that doesn‘t fit?? Also, I listened to an interview with Roupenian who says she is very influenced by horror. I could definitely see it reading this collection! 9mo
ReadingEnvy The one in Africa just because of fantastical elements 9mo
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BooksForEmpathy
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Here and excited! I hope it‘s sexual and absurd and a whole lot of fun and packs a punch.

JamieArc I *just* read her short story Cat Person, which I‘m going to be thinking about for a while, which led me to finding out about this book, and here you are posting it. I must read it. 10mo
Pruzy It is exactly as sexual and absurd as promised! 9mo
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Library haul!

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mauveandrosysky
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This dark, perverse, macabre collection is perfect for fans of Carmen Maria Machado and Ottessa Moshfegh. The subjects are mostly women, and they are at times the victims and the villains. The stories are visceral, depraved and deeply uncomfortable—but if you‘re anything like me, it‘s hard to resist the allure of fiction that probes the hidden depths of humanity, those taboo thoughts and feelings we don‘t dare allow to the surface.

BooksForEmpathy 👋🏼 sign me up! 11mo
Pruzy Now that I‘ve read the collection I just want to discuss it! Which was your favourite? 9mo
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BookAlongBlog
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4/5🌟Dark, Strange But Kind Of Irresistible
OK, what the hell did I just read?!
The stories contained in here are disturbing and dark and yet very human at the same time, I couldn't stop reading! I didn't love every story but I did find them all interesting. The themes the author uses in these stories are bold and shocking to sexual and painful at times while covering a wide range of topics. Out Jan 15th
#bookreview #bookblogger #ARC

Pruzy Which story was your favourite and which was your least favourite? 9mo
BookAlongBlog Cat Person was my favorite for sure! I dont know if I had a least favorite, they were all pretty good. 9mo
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Bertha_Mason

I can't believe I only just now found out that Kristen Roupenian (the author of that short story "Cat Person") has a short story collection out! :D

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artkavanagh

I just posted “The truth about fiction” on Medium. I talk, among other things, about the perception of Kristen Roupenian‘s “Cat Person” (as fiction, personal essay or thinkpiece). I finally got around to reading the short story last week, long after the fuss following its publication in the 𝑁𝑒𝑤 𝑌𝑜𝑟𝑘𝑒𝑟 had died down @artkavanagh/the-truth-about-fiction-ff56897f3d88" rel="nofollow" target="_top">https://medium.com/@artkavanagh/the-truth-about-fiction-ff56897f3d88

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shanebeth
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so I finally read this short story that was all over my Twitter feed last weekend. it‘s a good read about a doomed relationship, written in a pretty simplistic, straightforward way. I could almost imagine the narration done voiceover-style, like in the movie 500 Days of Summer. the author is supposed to have a short story collection out next year. you can read “Cat Person” here: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/12/11/cat-person

Pruzy Except I think the relationship in 500 days of Summer started off genuinely romantic 9mo
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