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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-21

His smile is beyond beautiful

I've both read & now listened to this heartfelt gift of Nick.
I am still amazed with Danielle 's strength, courage, love & gut wrenching sorrow.
Nick is no longer suffering, he's in Heaven looking down with his brilliant smile!
RIP dear Nicky😘🤗✝️🏵

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  • John Maldonado
  • 08-06-21

Wow!!

What a beautiful book. The story is heartbreaking and so beautiful at the same time. The narrator is excellent and kept me with the emotions of the book the whole entire 5 days that took me to finish this book. I was hook and engaged in the story the whole time!!

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  • Abbi
  • 24-04-21

Beautiful story

I had to pick a book for a psychology class and this book was spot on! Not only for the fact Nick suffered from a terrible mental illness, but for the beautiful story of a mother who loved and supported her child until the end. There were some parts of the book where I cried; I couldn’t imagine going through the pain of this mother who at the end showed so much strength not only for Nick, but her family too. Incredible book! 10/10!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Fernando C.
  • 27-12-20

LOVE THIS BOOK!

I love this story. I see myself at times when he was going through, it's ruff but I loved everything he did....

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  • karen burden
  • 29-07-20

thank you

I loved the book and I learned about Nicky and myself. thank you for sharing the hardest part of your life so that others may learn and understand about this horrible disease. May God be with you & your family and Julie & her family and all those who stood by Nick until the end and beyond.

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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.