Brock Adams as a young man seemed conservative, almost square. There is nothing about him square now. In this work there is plenty of the new weird, but it strangely rests on an old-feeling heroic moral ethos that is damned nigh Hemingwayey. Mr. Adams s career as a writer promises us something interesting to watch.
The short story collection Gulf refers not only to the physical meaning of the word--several of the stories take place on or near the Gulf of Mexico--but also on the metaphysical meaning, focusing on the human ability, or lack thereof, to bridge the psychological gulfs, and to find emotional healing. Three major currents run through the lives of the characters in Gulf; difficulties in relationships, struggles with identity, and a sense of being haunted by the unexplained.