A collection of 13 short stories that form a story cycle of seven individuals, who are connected by their Gulf Coast origins. While the stories of Cocobolo are intended to be read in sequence, each building thematically on the previous, they also stand alone and provide the reader time to linger on character and description. That is pretty much the way life moves on the Gulf Coast. Read them the way life is lived on the southern coast. Languidly and savoring the details.