Monday, December 22, 2008

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

#94

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Title: His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina
Author: Danielle Steel
Copyright: 2000
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Finished: 12-22-08

A friend of mine lent me this book, and I was a little apprehensive about reading it, given it was written by Danielle Steel. However, I was quite surprised by how moving this book was, and read it in two sittings. This is the story of Steel's son Nick, who suffered from severe manic-depression his whole life, to the extent that he finally took his own life at 19 because of it. It's a powerful story of their struggle to help Nick with his illness and to let him live as close to a normal life as possible. Steel doesn't mince words or sugar-coat anything; she details every bit of his life, including entries from his journals that must have been heart-wrenching for her, as his mother, to have read. I think this would be an important book for anyone who knows someone who suffers from mental illness to read.

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