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Cat Person by Kristen Roupenian

Cat Person

Kristen Roupenian

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Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 3 May 2018
ISBN: 9781787331150

This gift edition contains photographs by celebrated photographer Elinor Carucci, who was commissioned by the New Yorker to capture the image that accompanied Kristen Roupenian's Cat Person when it appeared in the magazine.

3 stars out of 5
Sian Cain
13 Dec 2017

"It is perhaps the most talked about short story ever"

The 4,000 word story has provoked, at the time of counting: a BBC short story written from the perspective of Robert; a Twitter account that only tweeted responses from bewildered men, to the scornful laughter of quite a few more women; and responses from approximately 10,000 millennials, who recounted their own slightly sad dating experiences. It is perhaps the most talked about short story ever, apart from maybe Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain (also published in the New Yorker, in 1997) or The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (which graced the magazine’s pages in 1948)... It is now easier to read about Cat People than the story itself, with Proulx and Jackson spared the intense internet sleuthing to which Roupenian and her story have been subject. Irate readers have determined to win arguments about a creative work that is arguably subjective, like all art before it, and can be what anyone wants it to be.