You Know You Want This review – Cat Person and other tales of the unexpected

While enjoyable, Kristen Roupenian’s horror stories don’t live up to the hype afforded her New Yorker hitIn publishing, the New Yorker’s Cat Person was rarer than a super blood wolf moon: a mere short story that became an international must-read, was released as a stand-alone paperback (inflated improbably to 72 pages; what, was the font New Times Roman 24?), and catapulted the unknown author to stardom. The subsequent collection, You Know You Want This, now being adapted for an HBO series, is getting the kind of frenzied, lavish publicity push that can sometimes backfire with reviewers. A book shoved down your throat can trigger a gag reflex.I will resist. It’s not an author’s fault when an ad campaign raises the bar higher than any humble short fiction collection is likely to clear. This is an enjoyable set of stories, often executed with flair. They’re fun. They’re just not what the fans of Cat Person might be expecting.In one formally peculiar inclusion, a fairytale princess spurns all her suitors and falls in love with a thigh bone Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

[ The Guardian | 2019-02-03 00:00:00 UTC ]
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