Kristen Roupenian, the author of viral short story ‘Cat Person’, has secured a seven-figure book deal with Simon & Schuster imprint Scout Press.
Cat Person, first published in The New Yorker, is a story about two dysfunctional modern daters stumbling through digital and real-life interactions.
A number of outlets explained the story’s success by suggesting that it encapsulated unspoken truths about ‘the Tinder age’.
The BBC, for example, noted that: “In an age of dating apps, swiping left or right, and getting to know potential partners through social media, it seems Cat Person has resonated with a number of people, mostly women”.
Despite being published in mid-December, the article became the second most read story in The New Yorker in 2017.
Roupenian’s new deal will see her publish a collection of short stories under the title ‘You Know You Want This’, and produce a full-length novel (no details about the latter have been disclosed).
Book deals of this magnitude are incredibly rare among short story writers, the New York Times notes.
Other writers who had made comparable sums tended to be already famous – Tom Hanks was given as an example.
The new works will “explore the complex — and often dark and funny — connections between gender, sex, and power, across genres.”
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