‘Cat Person’ Author Speaks out About Real-Life Inspiration for the Viral Short Story

‘Cat Person’ Author Speaks out About Real-Life Inspiration for the Viral Short Story

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This past December, a 4,000-word short story took the internet by storm when it was published in The New Yorker. The story is titled Cat Person, and details the trials of twenty-year-old college student Margot as she meets and briefly dates thirty-four-year-old Robert.   The all-too-realistic piece of fiction showcases Margot throughout the many quick-changing stages of a blooming, new relationship: the excitement, the giddiness, the butterflies of a growing new crush, the fantasies about everything this relationship could possibly grow into, all the way through unto the grounding realization that this person is not at all who you’d hoped they were.   *** SPOILERS AHEAD***   The …

‘Cat Person’ Author Kristen Roupenian Lands Paw-some Five Figure Book Deal

‘Cat Person’ Author Kristen Roupenian Lands Paw-some Five Figure Book Deal

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It’s not every day that a work of fiction goes viral. In fact, it hardly ever happens. But when Kristen Roupenian’s short story “Cat Person” appeared in The New Yorker last week, it struck a chord and became one of the most-read pieces this year.    Inspired by an experience of Roupenian’s own, the story follows a college student, Margot, who has uncomfortable and unpleasant sex with an older man who continues to text her after their encounter. The story has appealed to countless people, and has been described, in its depiction of unwanted, though consensual sex, as ‘excruciating.’ That is true. …