This is a message from Jenny A, a reader from the Philippines:
I just finished SON. I really enjoyed reading it and laughed many times (Scorpion and Poor Little Wu Fat!). But more than being entertained, I appreciate the honesty and humanity in it. I felt joy, hope, despair, loneliness, even pain at certain parts of the book -- that moment when you didn't have enough money for your groceries, every time you visited Pistol, when you allowed yourself to be 'lost' in the ocean...the melancholy of letting special someone go or saying goodbye to friends.
I particularly found 'Blue, Green, Breathe' really profound yet gripping that I held on to every word you wrote. It's the most "in the zone" chapter of your book, I think. Maybe the water really has a magical, healing effect on people...
SON was exactly what I needed to read at this point in my life. I'll have a milestone birthday coming up soon and coincidentally, I also set goals early this year to be healthy and fit, to be happy...and finally welcome something that I've been putting off for so long.
Apparently, I'm not the only one who was struck by this because I later found out that it's the most highlighted line among your Kindle readers.
Keep writing, Norm. You have a unique gift for touching people's lives and whether you like it or not, you'll be classified under 'Self-Help' because you inspire and help a lot of people (not all writers can do this!). Hahaha.
Take care and Happy Holidays! :)