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His Bright Light

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"This is the story of an extraordinary boy with a brilliant mind, a heart of gold, and a tortured soul. It is the story of an illness, a fight to live, and a race against death.

I want to share the story, and the pain, the courage, the love, and what I learned in living through it. I want Nick's life to be not only a tender memory for us, but a gift to others.... I would like to offer people hope and the realities we lived with. I want to make a difference. My hope is that someone will be able to use what we learned, and save a life with it." (Danielle Steel)

From the day he was born, Nick Traina was his mother's joy. By 19, he was dead. This is Danielle Steel's powerful, personal story of the son she lost and the lessons she learned during his courageous battle against darkness. Sharing tender, painful memories and Nick's remarkable journals, Steel brings us a haunting duet between a singular young man and the mother who loved him - and a harrowing portrait of a masked killer called manic depression, which afflicts between two and three million Americans.

At once a loving legacy and an unsparing depiction of a devastating illness, Danielle Steel's tribute to her lost son is a gift of life, hope, healing, and understanding to us all.

©1998 Danielle Steel (P)2018 Random House Audio

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"A powerful and personal story.... His Bright Light is Danielle Steel's legacy and tribute to her son, as well as haunting depiction of manic-depression." (Saturday Evening Post)

"Danielle Steel has written a spellbinding account of her son's struggle with bipolar illness.... Valuable insights.... We come away with a heightened sensitivity that perhaps only a writer of this distinction could convey, of what it is like to try to cope with a child with a severe psychiatric disorder.... This is a book about what we can do - as parents, as physicians, as human beings." (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

"Reading His Bright Light moved me to tears as the memoir captures so vividly the ferocious nature of mental illness.... Sharing [Nick's] story will save lives. His Bright Light will make a difference for countless others." (Laurie Flynn, executive director, NAMI: The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) 

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  • Mickey O
  • 16-12-18

heartfelt

This is a very heartfelt story about Danielle Steele son, Nicky... beautifully written with love and honesty. She shares 1 of the hardest times of her life with us. My heart goes out to the whole family. Thank you for telling your story. It has helped me understand some things about manic depression that I didn't know.

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  • BYoung
  • 27-01-20

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Redundant story that constantly repeated itself trying to validate Danielle Steel’s self-image of the perfect mom.

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  • Barbara
  • 18-07-19

incredible

loved it ....kept me enthralled & it enlightened me on so much. wonderfully written, inspiring!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-19

touching story

this book was like looking into my own life it touched me in ways no one could ever understand it was like reading a book about my 9 year old son to the last detail

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  • Rakel
  • 08-12-18

Great book!!!!!

At last I found this book!!! Danielle Steel. She is a great author and mother.