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His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina - by Danielle Steel

About.com Rating 4 Star Rating
User Rating 5 Star Rating (1 Review)

By Kimberly Bailey

Updated November 12, 2011

The Bottom Line

Well worth reading to gain insights into the effect on a whole family when a child is bipolar.
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  • Well written
  • Insightful


  • Tone is defensive at times
  • May be triggering to some readers


  • Best-selling author shares the tough details of her bipolar son's life and suicide at the age of 19.
  • Portrays lot of good reasons NOT to commit suicide if you love your family.
  • Illustrates possible devastating effects of manic depression on a bipolar person and the family.

Guide Review - His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina - by Danielle Steel

Best-selling author Danielle Steel leaves the realm of fiction for the hard truths of her son Nick's short and tumultuous life. In spite of all his family's efforts to secure effective treatment for his manic-depressive illness, Nick took his own life at the age of 19. Ms. Steel decided to share his story to help others.
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 5 out of 5
, Member Kristiangelo

I have read this book twice. It was very enlightening on issues of dealing with mental health. My heart goes out to Danielle Steel. I have struggled with my son who is diagnosed borderline personalily disorder and bipolar. As a mother you want to do so much to protect your children and fix this. People look at a healthy looking person physically and don't want to think of a broken mind. Someone who is extremely smart and talented one day. Can be crippled mentally the next. Actually sometimes in just minutes. It is hard to see the changes with medications. Or a misdiagnoses. In this book Steel describes her bright son and the struggles that he had.

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