NC Literary Hall of Fame



All the Bay's Clams and All the Bay's Men by John Bauer

Lysestrah Press
$9.99, paperback / $2.99, e-book
ISBN: 979-8685984890
August, 2020
Fiction: Literary
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His best and worst days were those bay days, the ones that shaped his future.

A summer clam digging versus a forty year high school reunion.

"I was so much older then. I'm younger than that now."
—Bob Dylan

From the moment he’d graduated high school, Peter Halstead dreamt of a life full of political grandeur and solid achievements. Mocked at every turn, he refuses to make his old man’s mistakes, nor will he dig clams forever. A “most successful” career waits for him on the horizon. Moments in Peter’s young life soon steer him away from Clayport, his first love, and his buddies. He never returns to his halcyon bay days. A forty-year high school reunion brings him back to encounter former classmates. He wants nothing more than to showcase himself. Instead, he compares his life to theirs and discovers he may have squandered his existence. A crumpled napkin channels him toward an uncharted destination. Illogical choices cause his unconventional actions, altering his remaining days on earth. Will his future have any purpose? Will yours? Does yours?

John Bauer read, lived, worked, loved, won much, and lost little, well before he ever wrestled with words. Since 2013, Scribes Valley, Stone Canoe Literary Journal, AnotheRealm, the Magazine of Speculative Fiction, Andrews UK Limited (House of Erotica), WildSound Novel Writing Festival, and Stringybark Stories have published his scribblings. Thrice, he's successfully participated in Nanowrimo. In November, 2013, he drafted All the Bay's Clams and All the Bay's Men and A Heart on the River. Seven years and multiple re-writes later, these novels are published.

His genres are adult contemporary, dark comedy, farcical, horror, erotic, and non-fiction. A believer in pre-destination and Divine Providence, John opines his stories' endings are not entirely his own. Born in Brooklyn, and raised on Long Island, New York, where he dug clams for eight summer seasons, John was schooled at Notre Dame and Syracuse, with detours to Mexico City, Mexico, Raleigh, and Little Rock, Arkansas. Since 1979, he has worked as a public servant in southeastern North Carolina. There, he and his wife raised three children and have six grandchildren. Oldmanwrite-website and brand-reflects by any quantitative measure, John is old.

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