Kristen Roupenian: “We Have So Many Selves Wandering the World”
A painfully realistic short story gets published in the New Yorker and goes viral, launching dozens of think pieces and Recommended If You Like lists, earning comparisons to Mary Gaitskill and A.M. Homes. But Kristen Roupenian’s debut collection is creepier and wilder than you might expect based on “Cat Person” alone. The stories in You Know You Want This range from the mundane to the weird and fantastical, but they’re all provocative studies of the messiness of sex and gender dynamics. I spoke to Roupenian shortly before her debut book was set to release.