Michael Herlihy is a writer and teacher living in Bethesda, Maryland. He Is a Bostonian at heart and grew up in the lean years of the Red Sox and Patriots. He has published numerous nonfiction pieces in America, Boston College Magazine, the Catholic Standard, and Congress Monthly, among others. The Shelf Life of Joy is his first work of fiction.
Seventh grader Aiden McManus must confront his fear of loss and risk in this novel that evokes the Boston suburbs during the winter of 1971-1972. Aiden faces a bully at school while his brother is in Da Nang with the Marines and his family and friendships are changing. With humor and heart, he must choose between courage and comfort as he navigates the upheaval and challenges in his life.