A few readers of “A Forgotten Man” have asked where I received my inspiration for one of the novel’s early plot catalysts — the government’s forced closing of Bienville Bay Oyster Company. A couple of readers even said it didn’t seem realistic. I wish that were true.
Drakes Bay Oyster Company is a small, family-owned oyster farm on the coast of California. The federal government has been trying to close it for the past couple of years. After watching this short documentary in early 2013, the idea of Bienville Bay Oyster Company was born.