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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
"Misguided Sensitivity" is the story of Philip Nork. Born in Chicago, he moves to Nevada where his job brings him often on the road. Having time on his hands, he starts writing his memoirs. What comes out is a story that centers around divorce and its impact on a child. The year is 1960 when society frowns upon broken families and children with divorced parents carry a certain stigma. For Philip, it is a difficult time as he also struggles with his changing physical, emotional and spiritual development. He copes with the situation by observing the women in his life. As a sensitive and introverted young man, he draws strength from his great grandmother, grandmother and mother. His relationships with the other women in his life will also help shape his sensibilities.
The plot of Philip Nork's story may not seem to be extraordinary at first glance. Here is a child that has to deal with his parents' divorce at a time when it was taboo. His story is not particularly unique but what makes it interesting is the way he deals with it. He places emphasis on how life's journey compels us to make choices. In the process, we should be able to learn life's lessons and treasure our relationships. Though it has come out from a male author, I am impressed that the book appreciates women and the roles that they play in a man's life and society in general. The story also asserts that each one of us goes through this painful journey called life and that sharing our pain is a way of helping others cope with theirs. "Misguided Sensitivity" is a simple story but the reader can learn great lessons from it and this is the lesson of how to live meaningful lives.