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On The Gulf

On The Gulf

By Elizabeth Spencer
Series: Banner Books

Paperback : 9781617036842, 182 pages, February 2013

A collection of short stories, all set on the Gulf Coast, by a master of the form


The magnetic appeal of land, sea, and sky along the southern coast has drawn Elizabeth Spencer many times to this lush and semitropical setting. This collection brings together six of her stories set amid terrain lapped by the warm coastal currents. These stories all happen on the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico, from New Orleans to Florida. In each, a girl or young woman gives voice to the narrative, probing and groping for a secure place and identity.

The six stories included here are “On the Gulf,” “The Legacy,” “A Fugitive's Wife,” “Mr. McMillan,” “Go South in the Winter,” and “Ship Island.” Each reveals the special allure of the Gulf Coast region through the author's depiction of character and engagement with the complexities of plot. In these stories that illuminate the lives of sundry females—from insecure waifs to novice seductresses—Spencer investigates female psyche, a topic which lies at the core of much of her fiction.