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‘It changed everything and nothing’: ‘Cat Person’ author Kristen Roupenian on viral literary fame

It is the New Yorker magazine’s most widely-read work of fiction: “Cat Person” became an online phenomenon when it was published in December 2017, and got publishing houses clamouring to snap up its talented author. Kristen Roupenian has since published a collection of short stories, “You Know You Want This”, which all explore the themes of “conflicted or contested desire” and the power dynamics inherent in romantic encounters.