Haley’s publishes new book by Scott Schaeffer-Duffy

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  • Scott Schaeffer-Duffy at the Providence Marathon. —Submitted photo

  • Aiden Duffy, illustrator. —Submitted photo

Published: 12/19/2018 12:23:29 PM
Modified: 12/19/2018 12:23:36 PM

WORCESTER — The Man Who Cannot Be Killed, a novel by Scott Schaeffer-Duffy of the Saints Francis and Thérèse Catholic Worker on Mason Street, has arrived from the printer, according to Haley’s Publishing of Athol.

Aiden Duffy of Worcester provided illustrations for the book, called creative non-fiction by the publisher.

The Man Who Cannot Be Killed accounts for Mr. Schaeffer-Duffy’s second work of creative non-fiction released this year. Haley’s published his first, Murder on Mott Street, in April.

Mr. Schaeffer-Duffy presents The Man Who Cannot Be Killed as a day-to-day April and May, 2018, journal whose contents he said are “ninety percent factual and ten percent fictional.” As in Murder on Mott Street, action in The Man Who Cannot Be Killed circulates around the Catholic Worker movement founded in the 1940s by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin to serve the homeless and poor.

With his wife, Claire Schaeffer-Duffy, Mr. Schaeffer-Duffy offers hospitality and other service to guests at Worcester’s Saints Francis and Thérèse. Many also know both Claire and Scott Schaeffer-Duffy for their advocacy against weapons, war, and social injustice.

In The Man Who Cannot Be Killed, Mr. Schaeffer-Duffy innovatively includes more than a hundred footnotes about references to popular culture references that occur throughout the book.

Kathy Kelly of Chicago’s Voices for Creative Nonviolence observes that, in The Man Who Cannot Be Killed, Mr. Schaeffer-Duffy’s “quick-witted humor fuels a narrative that deftly moves through memoir, mystery, and dreamy recall. Lightheartedly poking fun at his own shortcomings and phobias helps him encourage others to go easy on themselves.”

For The Catholic Radical, the Saints Francis and Thérèse newsletter, Rosalie Riegle reviews The Man Who Cannot Be Killed and observes that Mr. Schaeffer-Duffy “is a writer, a runner, a bread maker, a sometime mediator, a husband and father and grandfather, a sometime paranoid dreamer of vivid nightmares … (whose book) is tied together by a fictional mystery but outside of that, everything happened as it was written in real time.”

Mr. Schaeffer-Duffy penned his memoir in 2016, Nothing Is Impossible, also released by Haley’s.

Aiden Duffy provides fine-line drawings for The Man Who Cannot Be Killed.

Schaeffer-Duffy often speaks by invitation to interested groups and offers his books for sale at such engagements.

The Man Who Cannot Be Killed is available from the author, and online at scottschaefferduffybooks.com and Amazon.




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