DEADHEADING AND OTHER STORIES by Beth Gilstrap reviewed in Necessary Fiction!

Deadheading, the practice of pruning dead flower heads in order to preserve the plant, provides Beth Gilstrap with a rich metaphor around which to organize her new story collection. The twenty-two stories in Deadheading & Other Stories, which won the 2019 Red Hen Press Women’s Prose Prize, range widely in content, tone, and voice. But as Gilstrap digs into her theme, it’s clear that what unifies them is their relation to the powerful metaphor evoked by the title.