COMING IN JUNE 2020:
All the Bay’s Clams and All the Bay’s Men by John Bauer Look for it at L.D.B. Press SYNOPSIS
Recent high school grad Peter Halstead digs clams in June 1969 to pay for his upcoming Ivy League education. He doesn’t want to end up like his old man, a grocery store butcher, estranged from his more-educated wife. He doesn’t want to end up like his former classmates, fellow clamdiggers—in minimum wage jobs or drafted for military service. Aware of his physical unattractiveness, he hasn’t dated much. Having been voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by his senior class, his every decision is to fulfill that election promise. . . and become “somebody”.
Three days on the Great South Bay change the course of Peter’s life. He and Shasta go past third base; he never calls her afterwards. His greed and cowardice contribute to Buddy’s ill-fate.
Concerned with his own safety on a stormy evening, Matt is lost at sea. End of summer, Peter hurries off to college, fearing his political career would be adversely impacted by returning to his hometown.
Without Johnette, his cold wife, he does drive down from Albany to his 40th high school reunion on Long Island. He’s a New York State Senator, full of himself, and ready to be saluted by former class mates.
Best friend Wolfie tells Peter not to expect any adulation. He doesn’t. Peter discovers others have been successful in different ways. Shasta has had a varied, well-traveled life; Stitches has a wonderful family; even Wolfie gets to re-unite with his former flame, no longer the ugliest girl in school. Clam “god” Hank Smith, twice left back a grade, is the town’s leader and hero.
Peter discovers folks who love one another, and finds himself without love.
The reunion’s several hours, and aftermath, force Peter to regret how his life could have been; force Peter to recognize what his life is now; and force Peter to move his life in a quite different direction.
All the Bay’s Clams and All the Bay’s Men, told in the first person, should be read by anybody who wants to be somebody someday.
Coming in FEB 2020: A Heart on the River by John Bauer
Published in 2019: The Gray Tree by Donald Kemp; contributing author John Bauer
Donald Kemp claims he was born and raised in Southern Michigan and lived in North Carolina for over thirty-five years. He graduated from a combination of high school and aircraft mechanics school. Two years later, he became the supervisor for the Michigan National Guard Air Section Maintenance Shop. He then married his beautiful wife, Gerry, and has three children, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Serious writing began with thirteen weekly articles in the Rochester City newspaper about his heart bypass surgery in the very early days of the procedure. Donald later published the book, I Live With A Mended Heart, and distributed it to doctors and hospitals all over the United States.
Donald wrote and directed three stage plays for a senior acting group in Southern California.” He has also written numerous short stories about his relative’s blips and/or accomplishments for the family archives. Several children’s books will hopefully soon be on the market. Nowadays, airplanes, helicopters, furniture building, and consulting for interior decorators have given way to writing novels and short stories based on his varied life adventures.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: WEBSITE: https://donkempauthor.com
They Drove on Streets Paved with Kindness, first three pages, Wildsound Novel Writing Festival July 23, 2017
Published in 2007: boats, knots, other things by John Bauer
Book – Non-Fiction
-boats, knots, other things, local government management improvement recommendations/ abbreviated memoirs, AuthorHouse Publisher, ISBN 978-1-4343-2093-3; 366 pgs., 2007.
-Tropical Storm Stalin Heads Towards Coast,
Stone Canoe Journal, Issue No. 9, 2015.
-A Son’s Love, Escape Your World Anthology,
ISBN 978-0-9851-8333-2, 2015.
–Aphrodite’s Exile, Between the Sheets-Lesbian Love, Andrews UK Limited, 2015.
–Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Redux, Once Upon a Time Anthology, Andrews UK Limited, 2015.
–The Inventor Wore High Heels, I.Lover Sci-Fi Anthology, Andrews UK Limited, 2015.