‘Cat Person’ author Kristen Roupenian gets a seven-figure book deal

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Kristen Roupenian

By Globe Staff 

Massachusetts native Kristen Roupenian — whose short story “Cat Person,” published in the Dec. 11 New Yorker, went viral this month — has secured a seven-figure book deal with Scout Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, according to the Associated Press. The two-book deal includes a short story collection, ‘‘You Know You Want This,” and a novel.

Shortly after “Cat Person” became a hit, Roupenian — who has a PhD from Harvard — told The New York Times that the tale — which follows a woman through an uncomfortable courtship and date — includes themes (“sex, gender, power, consent”) that “I’ve been thinking about, and trying to write about, for years. . . . It’s not autobiographical; though many of the details and emotional notes come from life, they were accumulated over decades, not drawn from a single bad date.”


It’s been a good year for book deals for authors with local connections. In October, Arlington’s Whitney Scharer signed a million-dollar book deal with Little, Brown and Co. for her debut novel, “The Age of Light.”