In December 2017, aspiring American author Kristen Roupenian got her short story, Cat Person, published in The New Yorker magazine.
She received the customary congratulations from friends and family, after which she thought the fuss would die down.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2019, with the headline 'Writing career ignited by a short story about a bad date'. Print Edition | Subscribe
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