Misguided Sensitivity

Fiction - Realistic
174 Pages
Reviewed on 03/26/2013
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Author Biography

Philip Nork was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the oldest of three children. His early years were devastating as he endured the divorce of his parents, the death of his beloved great-grandmother, and the resulting feelings of isolation and loneliness. While these events took their toll, they also shaped the man he grew up to be.
Phil had a different perspective than his friends and his experiences were totally unique. As his young male friends were busy playing baseball, defending their turf, and hitting on girls, his time was spent reading, listening to music, writing his feelings down in his journal and trying to understand the differences in people and to figure out how “we can all get along.”
After graduating early from high school, he entered the work force as a way to help support his mother and his siblings. To get away from the reality of his life, Phil spent much of his off time with his friend Joyce, a lesbian. She was able to help him experience women at his own pace and taught him many of the lessons he was to put in place. As more and more straight ladies entered his life, these experiences allowed him to learn more about human nature and he was able to turn these special times into the stories in his books.
Phil lives in Nevada with his wife and their son. He mixes work with his love of writing. He spent the first 25 years of his working life in the restaurant industry. He took all the knowledge from his early days at McDonalds and parlayed that into a succes

    Book Review

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.