About the Author

Jennifer Arnspiger is the author of Pretty Piece of Flesh, a short story collection which includes “Foie Gras,” a finalist for the Jeffrey E. Smith Missouri Review Editor’s Prize. She is currently at work on the magical realism novel The Thrilling Time, of which her thesis instructor in grad school claimed: “Timid readers will be appalled. This is high voltage prose.”

She writes, reads and teaches ballroom dance in Arizona, cuddling with her beloved dog every chance she gets.

Jennifer graduated with a creative honors thesis from the University of New Mexico and attended Hollins University’s Creative Writing MFA Program.

Bookcover of my lovely novel

In this coming-of-age collection of three short stories, sensitive young women navigate the damage and healing potential of intimacy.

Iris is a naive teenager who experiences her first love and most altering loss in a ballroom dance studio. A band groupie has more to offer a rising star drummer than her body, and newly married Stella, obsessed with cooking the perfect foie gras, is grappling with more than one trauma in her relationship.

Lyrical, emotionally bare with a slightly magical bent, Pretty Piece of Flesh invites us to consider what tiny cracks and cruelties can do, underneath the umbrella we so easily call love.

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