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Author: Kristen Roupenian Narrator: Will Damron, Jacques Roy, Corey Brill, Amy Ryan, Emily Tremaine, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Molly Pope, Finn Wittrock, Jayme Mattler, Aubrey Plaza, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Kristen Roupenian, various narrators Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2019 ISBN: 9781508266914
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FEATURING AN ALL-STAR CAST OF NARRATORS INCLUDING AUBREY PLAZA (Parks and Recreation), AMY RYAN (Birdman), FINN WITTROCK (American Horror Story), AND OTHERS!

INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“What’s special about ‘Cat Person,’ and the rest of the stories in You Know You Want This, is the author’s expert control of language, character, story—her ability to write stories that feel told, and yet so unpretentious and accessible that we think they must be true.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Kristen Roupenian isn’t just an uncannily great writer, she also knows things about the human psyche—things that I always supposed I would learn at some point, but never did. Some of these things are about men’s minds in particular and I’m pretty sure she’s right. The world has made a lot more sense since reading this book.” —Miranda July, New York Times bestselling author of The First Bad Man

“If you think you know what this collection will be like, you’re wrong. These stories are sharp and perverse, dark and bizarre, unrelenting and utterly bananas. I love them so, so much.” —Carmen Maria Machado, National Book Award Finalist and author of Her Body and Other Parties

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, pink-cheeked coworker.

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.” Download and start listening now!

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  • “The stories in You Know You Want This are wildly strange and deeply human…I loved every single word of this freaky, fantastic book.”

    Julie Buntin, author of Marlena

  • “A raucous, visceral page-turner…Not polite. Suffers no fools. Takes no prisoners. Read it.”

    Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times bestselling author

  • “These transgressive and darkly electric stories announce the arrival of a bold, new, necessary voice in American short fiction.”

    Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus

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About the Author

Kristen Roupenian graduated from Barnard College and holds a PhD in English from Harvard, as well as an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. She is the author of the short story “Cat Person,” which was published in the New Yorker and selected by Sheila Heti for The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018.

About the Narrators

Will Damron has won several Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has had acting roles off-Broadway and on stage and screen throughout the country.

Jacques Roy is a audio narrator and actor, known for The Lower Angels and Room and Board.

Corey Brill, audiobook narrator, is a stage, film, and television actor who has performed on Broadway, at The Kennedy Center, and in regional theaters across the country. He has appeared on television in The Walking Dead, Chicago PD, Scorpion, and You’re the Worst. A graduate of Otterbein College and University of California at San Diego, he also writes songs and keeps bees on a rooftop in downtown Los Angeles.

Amy Ryan attended Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts and Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center. Ryan played Officer Russell in the HBO series The Wire, and in 2007 she was cast in Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone. Her performance earned her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations.

Emily Tremaine is an actress and audiobook narrator. She has acted in several major motion pictures, including The Wolf of Wall Street and Obvious Child, and was one of the narrators featured on the audio version of Chuck Klosterman’s Eating the Dinosaur.

Jacques Roy is a audio narrator and actor, known for The Lower Angels and Room and Board.

Will Damron has won several Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has had acting roles off-Broadway and on stage and screen throughout the country.

Miriam Margolyes received the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award in 1993 for The Age of Innocence. She was the voice of Fly the dog in Babe and appeared in Ladies in Lavender with Dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. In 2002 she played the role of Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.