All The Bay's Clams and All The Bay's Men

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1960s & '70s,2000s

John Bauer

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His best and worst days were those bay days, the ones that shaped his future.



Short Summary

Peter Halstead dreamt of a life full of political grandeur and solid achievements. He refuses to make his old man’s mistakes, nor will he dig clams forever. 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 Peter back to encounter former classmates. He wants to showcase himself. Instead, he compares his life to theirs, re-discovering his own existence. A crumpled napkin channels him toward an uncharted destination. . . altering his remaining days on earth.


Great South Bay, Long Island, New York

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Peter Halstead

Age: 18 and 58

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Aspiring,Narcisstic,Confident,Greedy,Decisive,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Wolfgang Schimdt

Age: 18 and 58

Gender: Male

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Badass,Villainous,Narcisstic,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Sarcastic,Funny,Unapologetic,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Shasta White

Age: 18 and 58

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Sexy,Empathetic,Selfless,Engaging,Romantic,Seductive,Unapologetic,Educated,Heartthrob,Gracious

Additional Character Details

Name: Hank Smith

Age: 18 and 58

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Modest,Uneducated,Complex,Confident,Religious,Blunt,Decisive,Selfless,Empathetic,Engaging,Skillful,Heroic,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic,Leader

Development Pitch

This is a unique, original story which lends itself to a low-budget, but meaningful drama. The movie's first part would be portrayed by hopeful, youthful baby boomers, recent high school graduates spending the summer of 1969 digging clams for money from their native Great South Bay. The bantering dialog between the boys will be highly entertaining, and there are a number of life-changing events for the protagonist, Peter Halstead. Think "American Graffiti" on small boats not hot rods, fast-forwarding to a forty-year class reunion. Serious drama with comedy mixed in. The reunion begins another brief, but event-filled journey for Peter as he compares his life to those of his former buddies. He makes choices, searching his soul. The reunion, his reflections, and subsequent actions lead to a bittersweet ending. Viewers should be moved by the story where a kid who worked to achieve the American Dream didn't quite get there.

About The Author

John Bauer read, lived, worked, loved, won, and lost, well before he ever wrestled with words. In 2007, fired as county manager for no good reason from a place he’d previously managed for six productive years, he mistitled, and under-achieved with a textbook/cathartic memoir—boats, knots, other things. Undaunted, John sold health insurance and stocks and bonds, and then served five (5) twelve (12)-month tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Senior Governance Advisor for the US Department of State. 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. Seven years and multiple re-writes later, this second novel was published on 22 AUG 2020. His genres are literary fiction, satire, drama, dark comedy, farcical, horror, erotic, and non-fiction. A believer in pre-destination and Divine Providence, John opines the endings to each of his manuscripts 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, NC, 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 currently have six grandchildren. Oldmanwrite—website and brand—reflects by any quantitative measure, John is old. Qualitatively? That part of his BIO has yet to be written.

Target Audiences

Age: 55+,18-34,35-54

Target Gender: Male Leaning

Group Specific

clam diggers and Great South Bay, Long Island

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Lyestrah Press

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available