Danielle Steel's powerful, personal story of the 19-year-old son she lost to the masked killer called manic depression recounts the author's tender, painful memories and shares Nick's remarkable journals, bringing readers a haunting duet between a singular young man and the mother who loved him. Includes a new Afterword by the author.
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'
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
Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 530 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Second Chance, Ransom, Safe Harbour, Johnny Angel, Dating Game, Answered Prayers, Sunset in St. Tropez, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death. Visit the Danielle Steel Web Site at www.daniellesteel.com.
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Reviewed by Jacobus on 27 December 2012
Parents with children must read this to see what happens when a child suffers from depression.