"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 nineteen, 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.
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His Bright Light
This has been a challenging read. I could not put it down. As a mother I felt all of the emotions. I learned a great deal about manic depression in young people. The many challenges I felt so strongly. As a teacher I have experienced many children with behavior challenges. I have questioned myself whether I dealt with them all appropriately. Thank you for sharing Nick's life.
A Must for any Mother
So many of our children battle this disease in silence to afraid to share it & be judged. 1st & foremost a Mother, Danielle Steele opened her heart & soul for us to meet Nick. I am grateful for her gift of sharing him with us. I needed this book at this exact time to understand my own child’s battle & I Thank her for that.
Story's like this need to be told if we want to improve mental illness and drug addiction in people's lives. Thank you Danielle Steel for sharing your story and pain.