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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.' From the day he was born, Nick Traina was his mother's joy. By nineteen, he was dead. This is Danielle Steel's powerful story of the son she lost and the lessons she learned during his courageous battle against darkness. Sharing tender, painful memories, Steel brings us a haunting duet between and singular young man and the mother who loved him - and a harrowing portrait of a masked killer called manic depression. Nick rocketed through life like a shooting star. He spoke in full sentences at the age of one. He was a brilliant, charming child who never slept. His gift for writing was extraordinary, his musical talent promised a golden future. But by the time he entered junior high, he was hurtling towards disaster. His mother tried desperately to get him the help he needed - the opening salvos for what would become a ferocious battle for his life. 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. 'I want to share the story, and the pain, the courage, the love, and what I learned in living through it...My hope is that someone will be able to use what we learned, and save a life with it'show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 26mm | 283g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552164194
  • 9780552164191
  • 74,671

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"A moving and haunting book" * Daily Express * "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) "[A] searing portrayal of the loss of jer 19 year-old son... Ms Steel's heartfelt homage to her son may very well help others save a life" * Dallas Morning News *show more

About Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel is one of the world's most popular and highly acclaimed authors, with over ninety international bestselling novels in print and more than 600 million copies of her novels sold. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; and Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved. To discover more about Danielle Steel and her books visit her website at www.daniellesteel.com And join her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DanielleSteelOfficialshow more

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"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"show more

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This is the story of an extraordinary boy with a brilliant mind, a heart of gold, and a tortured soul... From the day that he was born, Nick Traina was his mother's joy. By nineteen, he was dead. He rocketed through life like a shooting star. He spoke in full sentences at the age of one; he was a brilliant, charming child who never slept. His gift for writing was extraordinary, his musical talent promised a golden future. But by the time he entered junior high school, Danielle Steel saw her beloved son hurtling towards disaster and tried desperately to get Nick the help he needed - the opening salvoes of what would become a ferocious, pitched battle for his life. Even as he struggled, Nick's charisma and accomplishments remained undimmed. He bared his soul in his journal with uncanny insight, in searing prose, poetry and song. When he was finally diagnosed and treated, it bought time, but too little. In the end, perhaps nothing could have saved him from the insidious disease that had shadowed him from his earliest years. Danielle Steel's powerful story of the son she lost and the lessons she learned during his courageous battle against darkness. At once a loving legacy and a gift of hope and healing.show more

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4,643 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
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4 29% (1,355)
3 17% (812)
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