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My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward: A Memoir by [Mark Lukach]
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An honest and rewarding memoir of a couple's compassion and love for each other.

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

Honest and heartfelt, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward tells the difficult story of a marriage tested by mental illness, and reminds us that true love is never easy.

-- "Kyle Boelte, author of The Beautiful Unseen"

Lukach lyrically transforms our understanding of love, mental illness, patience, and devotion in this stunning memoir. With moving and touching prose, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward describes what it's like to have the picture of your life smashed in an instant and subsequently reassembled miraculously.

-- "Mayim Bialik, PhD, neuroscientist, actress, author"

Lukach's rare combination of tenderness and ruthlessness is what makes this book more interesting than your typical illness narrative.

-- "New York Times Book Review"

Narrator Josh Bloomberg is truly perfect. He conveys every emotion that Lukach expresses-devastation at Giulia's delusions and repeated hospitalizations, frustration with the inflexibility and inexactitude of the mental health system, sheer exhaustion and occasional resentment at being a caregiver, and joy at seeing the depression lift before his eyes in an aerobics class full of elderly Asian women. An important story and a lovely performance. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.

-- "AudioFile"

The deeply passionate account of the couple's journey through Giulia's psychotic break and recovery...Through it all, Lukach explores the fragility of the human mind alongside the resilience of true love and partnership.

-- "Bustle"
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A heart-wrenching yet hopeful memoir of a young marriage that is redefined by mental illness and affirms the power of love.

Mark and Giulia's life together began as a fairy-tale romance. They fell in love at eighteen, got married at twenty-four, and started their dream life in San Francisco soon after. But when Giulia was twenty-seven, she suffered a terrifying and unexpected psychotic break that landed her in the psych ward for nearly a month. One day she was vibrant and well adjusted; the next, she was delusional and suicidal, convinced that her loved ones were not safe.

Eventually, Giulia fully recovered and the couple had a son. Soon after Jonas was born, Giulia had another breakdown, and then a third a few years after that. Pushed to the edge of the abyss, everything the couple had once taken for granted was upended.

An exploration of the fragility of the mind and the tenacity of the human spirit, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward is, above all, a love story that raises profound questions: How do we care for the people most important to us? What and whom do we live for? Breathtaking in its candor, radiant with compassion, and written with dazzling lyricism, Lukach's intensely personal odyssey through the harrowing years of his wife's mental illness is anchored by an abiding devotion to family that will affirm readers' faith in the power of love.

--Mayim Bialik, PhD, neuroscientist, actress, and New York Times bestselling author
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01JYWTBJ0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Wave; Reprint edition (May 2, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 2, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1928 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Mark Lukach is a teacher and freelance writer. His work has been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, Wired, and other publications. He is currently the ninth grade dean at The Athenian School, where he also teaches history. He lives with his wife, Giulia, and their son in the San Francisco Bay area.

Mark first wrote about Giulia in a New York Times “Modern Love” column and again in a piece for Pacific Standard Magazine, which was the magazine’s most-read article in 2015.

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