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Kristen Roupenian, author of Cat Person, lands 7-figure book deal

The short story collection You Know You Want It will be published in the spring 2019.
Kristen Roupenian is the author of the viral short story Cat Person, which was her first piece for the New Yorker. (Elisa Roupenian Toha)

Kristen Roupenian, the author of the viral short story Cat Person, will publish her first book in the spring of 2019. The short story collection, which is titled You Know You Want This, will be published by Scout Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

The financial details of the two-book deal were not disclosed, but two publishing officials told the Associated Press that bidding topped $1 million. The second book in the deal will be a novel.

Cat Person, which was released by The New Yorker earlier this month, follows a 20-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man who become friendly through texting. In it, Roupenian explores the disillusion in modern dating.

The piece quickly went viral and was widely debated and analyzed. The Washington Post praised the story for capturing "the experience not of print-oriented, older intellectuals but of millennials."

Roupenian, who received an MFA. from the University of Michigan, has told The New Yorker that Cat Person was inspired by a "a small but nasty encounter" she had with someone she met online.

Scout Press said that You Know You Want This would "explore the complex — and often dark and funny — connections between gender, sex and power, across genres."   

— With files from CBC Books

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