On Sale: January 15, 2019
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Novella / Short Story | Women's Fiction
From the author of “Cat Person”—“the short story that
launched a thousand theories” (The Guardian)—comes Kristen
Roupenian's highly anticipated debut, a compulsively
readable collection of short stories that explore the
complex—and often darkly funny—connections between gender,
sex, and power across genres.
YOU KNOW YOU WANT THIS brilliantly explores the ways in
which women are horrifying as much as it captures the
horrors that are done to them. Among its pages are a couple
who becomes obsessed with their friend hearing them have
sex, then seeing them have sex…until they can’t have sex
without him; a ten-year-old whose birthday party takes a
sinister turn when she wishes for “something mean”; a woman
who finds a book of spells half hidden at the library and
summons her heart’s desire: a nameless, naked man; and a
self-proclaimed “biter” who dreams of sneaking up behind and
sinking her teeth into a green-eyed, long-haired,
Spanning a range of genres and topics—from the mundane to
the murderous and supernatural—these are stories about sex
and punishment, guilt and anger, the pleasure and terror of
inflicting and experiencing pain. These stories fascinate
and repel, revolt and arouse, scare and delight in equal
measure. And, as a collection, they point a finger at you,
daring you to feel uncomfortable—or worse, understood—as if
to say, “You want this, right? You know you want this.”
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