You Know You Want This

You Know You Want This

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The truth was that if a woman bit a man in an office environment, there would be a strong assumption that the man had done something to deserve it . . .

From the creator of Cat Person - the first short story to go viral - comes You Know You Want This, a compulsive collection about sex, dating and modern life. These are stories of women's lives now. They also happen to be horror stories. In some, women endure the horror. In others, they inflict it.

Here are women at work, at home, on dates, at the doctor's, with their families and with their friends. Here are women grappling with desire, punishment, guilt and anger. These are stories that make you feel fascinated but repelled, scared but delighted, revolted but aroused.

You Know You Want This shows why Kristen Roupenian is the most audacious new voice in American fiction. Funny, furious, sly and explicit, she takes a long, hard look at the messed-up power dynamic between men and women - and messes it up some more.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 25mm | 361g
  • Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1787331105
  • 9781787331105
  • 2,649

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"A scintillating new debut collection, with a glorious revenge comedy at its center… [Roupenian] proves astonishingly deft at depicting the warped psychology of romantic entanglement, and finding the black humor in it."
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"It's only a matter of time before you find yourself thumping someone's dinner table vigorously as you discuss [You Know You Want This]... Roupenian's latest tales are sexy, chilling and disturbingly gruesome in finest fairytale tradition... Think Delta of Venus meets Angela Carter meets Bridesmaids." -- Harriet Walker * The Times * "You Know You Want This at once enchants and horrifies... [Roupenian's] writing recalls the gloomy feminist fairy-tales of Angela Carter. This collection cements her reputation as one of the most startling new voices in fiction." * Economist * "A scintillating new debut collection, with a glorious revenge comedy at its center... [Roupenian] proves astonishingly deft at depicting the warped psychology of romantic entanglement, and finding the black humor in it." -- Laura Collins-Hughes * Boston Globe * "[Roupenian's] writing here is sharp and pitiless, and... makes Cat Person look tame... toe-curlingly nasty at times, [You Know You Want This owes] more to writers such as Shirley Jackson and Joyce Carol Oates than to the new wave of post#MeToo fem-lit." -- Katie Law * Evening Standard * "Kristen Roupenian isn't just an uncannily great writer, she also knows things about the human psyche-things that I always supposed I would learn at some point, but never did. Some of these things are about men's minds in particular and I'm pretty sure she's right. The world has made a lot more sense since reading this book." -- Miranda July "If you think you know what this collection will be like, you're wrong. These stories are sharp and perverse, dark and bizarre, unrelenting and utterly bananas. I love them so, so much." -- Carmen Maria Machado "In an age that needs a wrecking ball, You Know You Want This provides one. This is a raucous, visceral page-turner that tunnels into the heart of relationships gone awry, modern-day miscommunications, and other horrors of being human. Not polite. Suffers no fools. Takes no prisoners. Read it." -- Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times bestselling author "I found the stories exceptionally compelling; I love the way they create a world that is both familiar and deeply unsettling, showing - in strange and surprising ways - the interplay of disgust, fear and desire. Images from the book keep coming back to me: its narratives feel both mythical and completely modern." -- Megan Hunter "These transgressive and darkly electric stories announce the arrival of a bold, new, necessary voice in American short fiction." -- Claire Vaye Watkins "The stories in You Know You Want This are wildly strange and deeply human. When it comes to the secret hurt and twisted desires that lurk in seemingly mundane encounters between men and women, Kristen Roupenian is a super genius. I loved every single word of this freaky, fantastic book." -- Julie Buntin
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About Kristen Roupenian

Kristen Roupenian graduated from Barnard and holds a PhD in African Literature from Harvard. She is a Zell Fellow in the University of Michigan MFA program, and has received numerous awards for her work. She has studied with Laura Kasischke, Jeff Van der Meer and Claire Vaye Watkins. Her short story 'Cat Person' became a viral sensation when it was published by the New Yorker at the end of 2017, dubbed `the most talked-about short story ever'. You Know You Want This is her first book.
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144 ratings
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4 35% (50)
3 22% (32)
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