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New stories by the “Cat Person” author mingle sexual disgust and thrill

But overall the collection is emotionally slight

You Know You Want This is a new collection by Kristen Roupenian © Pixabay

You Know You Want This is a new collection by Kristen Roupenian © Pixabay

In December 2017, Kristen Roupenian hurtled to literary fame when her short story “Cat Person” was published in the New Yorker and rapidly went viral. The story—about 20-year-old Margot, whose first date with needy-prickly, cat-loving Robert ends in reluctant and terrible sex—caused a Twitter maelstrom. It seemed to catch a female experience that hadn’t yet been identified: about women’s ingrained self-blame and pressure…

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