His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina

His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina

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

"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.

With a new afterword for the paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385334679
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/08/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 73,224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, A Perfect Life, Power Play, Winners, First Sight, Until the End of Time, The Sins of the Mother, 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; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children’s book Pretty Minnie in Paris.


San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

August 14, 1947

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67

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His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 173 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admit it. I've never read a Danielle Steel book. I've never been interested enough, although I know many people who rave about her. Her stories just aren't necessarily my 'cup of tea.' However, I was highly recommended this true-story book about her son's life by a friend of mine, so I decided to give it a try. I got to experience DS's flair for writing and its conversational style. It was very easy to read and held my interest. Pages flowed into the next. I can see her widespread appeal. Not only was the story sad yet uplifting, but 'His Bright Light' helped me to understand manic depressive behavior intimately as DS learned it herself over the years. It was quite the lesson in psychology for those who don't want to get bogged down with or can't quite grasp the technical or scientific aspects of it. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to know more about the disease, her son's life, as well as DS's life. She provides some great autobiographical material for those interested. It's a quick read, and it'll be worth the effort, especially if you know someone with similar challenges in their own life...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of Nick Traina, is a touching one. The reason I originaly bought the book was because I am a child psychology major at Santa Monica College, and Manic Depression just caught my attention more than any other mental disorder. Danielle Steel wrote an amzing book about her son Nick and his struggle with manic depression. From the moment I opened the book, I could not put it down. Reading this book opened my eyes. It made me realize what so many people in this world and their families have to live with. Manic Depression is a roller coaster ride,only not nearly as amusing. This book opened my mind and touched my heart. I respect Danielle Steel for being brave enough to re-live all of her sons life by writing his biography so the world could understand this disease better. My hat goes off to her. I recomend every one to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book inspired me at 19 years old to seek help for my manic depression. I at 18 cut my body, vomitted, and cried constantly for whatever un-known reason. My mother found my journal, and immediately saught help for me from many differant clinics, doctors, and books. This story, was heart stopping for me. It showed me my path and also had helped my mom understand a little more what I was going through. Had I not of gotten the help needed I would not be here today. I turn 24 in October. As a mother and a wife now, I realize how important everyday is, and how wonderful it is to have a child. Ms. Steele showed great courage in printing this book, I only hope that more people who have illnesses or know those people who could be suffering seek help.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed a Mazatlan vacation in 2000 with my best girlfriend, Patti, who was always my best audience and a great 'laugher'. Months later she took her own life. I wish I'd read The Story of Nick Traina in 1998. Now I know so much more about this tragic disease. Wonderfully told, I admire Ms. Steele for presenting her son's life for us so that we can learn to recognize and perhaps help a friend or love one through this disease. Deanna
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Steele has done an amazing job at casting a light on a silent killer, bi-polar disorder. In this book she discusses her son, Nick, who took his own life due to complications caused by this insideous killer. A must read for anyone with manic depression or anyone dealing with someone who has the illness, you will see hallmark signs and find some rather ingenius ways of handling the disease.
23IA More than 1 year ago
This is a haunting book that pulls you in and leaves you mourning the lose of Nick. It gave me a better understanding of the struggles of mental illness.
ZTA More than 1 year ago
It was heartbreaking to read but at the same time so informative. Danielle Steel writes beautifully about this most touching family story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was always a Danielle Steele fan, loved her books but I didn't know anything personal about her, until I day I took my daughter to the library to do some homework for school. Thats when I came across her book about her son, so sad. I didn't get a chance to finish the book and I didn't want to check it out of the library so I decided to buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was simply amazing. I'm a huge fan of Nick Traina's former band Link 80 and a lot of hardcore/punk/thrash. Reading this book made me notice the challenges he went through and simply amazed me. I've been to a few shows supporting the Nick Traina Foundation. Anybody who respects his musical talent should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book. You will not be sorry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical about this book at first, but I loved it. I promote a drug for Bipolar disorder and I witness everyday the negligence of doctors in diagnosing this disease, especially in primary care. I think this is a great portrait of how Bipolar disorder affects patients and their families. I will recommend this book to the rest of my team.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from the first chapter to the last. I listen to Nick Traina's band Link 80 and Knowledge so I knew some what about him, and that he died from suicide. But I didnt know he had such a serious disorder until I read this book. Some of the things that Nick went through and his family went through I can relate so well. His Bright Light is my favorite book, and I recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I read this book I cried for her here was a mother who stopped at nothing to save her son from himself. I am a Bipolar with severe manic episodes and throughout my childhood no one picked up on it.I knew something was wrong and I was different,because I was never happy and wanted to die all the time. What Danielle Steel didn't do for her son.If only I would have had such a mother like Nick had,I would not have suffered in such darkness for so long.The courage, understanding,the love she showed her son everyone mother should give to their child as she did hers.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
D.S. did a great job of letting people who have never lived with this illness see the daily ends and outs. You get to see how they are full of life, funny, loving and so giving of themselves......and then they are the opposite of each of those things. Two people in one body. And each day brings a new journey. How you can never give up no matter how hard or how exhausting the fight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a wonderful and powerful book. Any mother of a bipolar/manic depress child knows that sometimes what may seem right to one person is not right for the other. It angers me that people judge other peoples decisions on THIER experiences. I know now to never judge anyone on the choices they make. I felt her struggle and could relate to her story all to well. Sending her son off for help was for him and the saftey of others. I had to put my son in the hospital for two weeks and it was the hardest thing to do. I am so glad medicine has come this far. God Bless her and the story Nick left to us to LEARN from. Again a wonderful book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never has a book touched me in a way that this one has. From the moment you pick up the book to the moment you put it down (on top of a load of tissues filled with your tears) you feel for the family, you feel apart of this young man. I not only walked away learning about a terrible disorder, but I walked away with a lighter look on life...maybe our problems are not as bad as we think they are..compared to others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's 0015hr, I have just finished this book. It evokes so much feelings...such powerful selfless love, trust, dejection, laughter, hope, disappoinment, strength, courage, fear,... Every page that i flipped, i'm so scared to read that he's dead. But come page 383, my tears flow even more uncontrollably. i wanna scream out loud...You must think i'm crazy...but i feel for Nick, his despair that eventually took him away...have i ever cried so much... smoke...have my heart ache so....i have learnt so much of Nick & his incredible Mommy, Danielle, yes & Julie. This book has touched my heart so...No words, nothing can describe... No, i do not have the fortunate chance to know Nick, & it's a shame. But forever, i know i'll remember Nick...& his greatest love of all, Danielle. i've always been a great fan of Danielle. But this book, this book has said so much more... of her son, Nick, of herself, of their unconditional love...This book has taught so much...It's so heart wrenching...May God frees his soul...
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was excellent it brought many tears to my eyes and sadness, it made me feel as if i was there for all of it, and i feel much pain for you ms steel, god bless you and the remberence of nick will be forever in my heart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago and I have never forgotten how moved I was. I had never read a Danielle Steel book and to this day have not read another. Being a young single mom of a son that suffers from depression, I related with so many parts of her story. The highs and lows of their relationship. Her way of bonding with him was so enduring. My heart broke on so many pages while reading this book, my dried tears are still there to prove it. Will never forget this read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can totally relate to the pain of losing someone, but i could never imagine losing my child. Struggling with depression myself, i can validate that this book was legit to an extent. Because the entire viewpoint of the book was from Ms. Steele, it didnt exactly give the full picture. My heart goes out to Danielle Steele and her family, along with all those that feel the pain ofNick's passing... H. Rodriguez 15/f
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I knew Nick. It's a shame that he couldn't live past the realization of not fitting into his mother's world and the world he found for himself (Link, Knowledge). If he could have been able to see past that and grown into a wonderful man..... I miss him so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed and learned even more from reading this. Thank you for writing about your son.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book.it was a page turner and an easy read.this book was similar to death angel.don't read them both.except the good nurse was a true story.
thepoetMK More than 1 year ago
I am more than half way through this incredible journey of a young man who tried desperately to seek help with an illness that is so common place today. It's unfortunate that Nick's illness emerged at a time when it was in its infancy. For that very reason, it will educate and guide the general public that manic depression is a real issue that needs dire attention. I feel Danielle Steel's pain and frustration. I feel Nick's desperation. I will do my part to stand up for anyone who is considered mentally ill. I would like to invite the public to join NAMI, an organization devoted to the rights and education of the mentally ill population. We need to take a stand on this dreadful yet misunderstood disease. Thank you, Danielle Steel, for sharing such a touching story. Above all, thank you, Nick, who put a face to this illness and showing us that it is indeed real.