When Kristen Roupenian’s short story “Cat Person” went viral upon its publication in The New Yorker in December 2017, I was maybe the only person who didn’t read it. Partly because it was the end of the semester, and partly because the prospect of an excruciatingly accurate story about dating had as much appeal as the idea of another bad date.
So I had the privilege of reading all 12 stories in Roupenian’s debut, “You Know You Want This,” largely unaware of the singular life of “Cat Person,” and free from preconceived notions or expectations. I was really surprised by what I read — by how exciting, smart, perceptive, weird and dark this collection is.
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