Esquire has an outstanding article about Bruce Springsteen’s struggles with mental health and his relationship with his father, who was paranoid schizophrenic.
Writing of a friend who took his life, Springsteen says,
“Well, somebody was in a bad place, and they just got caught out in the rain. Another night, another way, someone else there . . . it might not have happened.”
Although Brose and Alec in Five Fathoms Beneath have a much better relationship than Springsteen had with his father, many of the things Springsteen talks about in the article — for example, about DNA — are things Brose thinks about.