The Predatory Animal Ball

Okay Donkey Press, forthcoming December 14th, 2021

In a society where the predators are the ones doing the celebrating, Jennifer Fliss’s debut collection of short stories, THE PREDATORY ANIMAL BALL, crashes the party. These stories are about the people left in the predators' wake, and the large and small ways grief and fear manifest. Predators always appear in the places we least expect it, and this collection turns the previously accepted hierarchies upside down in a series of flash fictions that are often absurd, but always cutting.

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Crisp and haunting, the stories of The Predatory Animal Ball are bite-sized delights that will gnaw at your bones. In this fierce debut, Jennifer Fliss sharpens her claws and stuns with every spellbinding tale.


~ Kira Jane Buxton, author of HOLLOW KINGDOM and


The Predatory Animal Ball” is a raucous, wonderous event of a book. It arrives with sharp teeth and fancy feathers and surprises right to the last page.

~ Ramona Ausubel, author of AWAYLAND


Unique and haunting, the stores in The Predatory Animal Ball use style and format to showcase the ways in which an animal tale is always about our inner human instincts. The stories are bite-sized yet biting and beautifully crafted. Fliss demonstrates a master-class on flash fiction with this book. Well done!

~ Tyrese Coleman, author of HOW TO SIT


Full of feral little marvels, The Predatory Animal Ball is a bold and gorgeous debut from an outrageously talented writer. Fliss’s prose is wry and stylish, deft and utterly surprising—this is a wildly beautiful book.

~ Kimberly King Parsons, author of BLACK LIGHT


Even the shallow waters hold monsters," Jennifer Fliss writes in her fierce and fiercely captivating debut collection, which navigates a world where predators are everywhere and the landscape a trap, where identity and selfhood are under constant threat, with muscle, intelligence, and so much heart. Fliss cleverly lulls us into the realm of myth only to subvert expectations, offering a destabilizing landing at once timeless and timely. Her point of view is searing and razor sharp. I'd follow her eye to the ends of the earth as she hunts down the elusive answer to the age-old question, "Can you be from somewhere that disappeared?"

~ Sara Lippman,
author of DOLL PALACE and JERKS