My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward: A Memoir

By Mark Lukach

International Bestseller

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 storybook romance. They fell in love at eighteen, married at twenty-four, and were living their dream life in San Francisco. 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. But, 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.

A story 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 we love? What and who do we live for? Breathtaking in its candor, radiant with compassion, and written with dazzling lyricism, Lukach's is an intensely personal odyssey through the harrowing years of his wife's mental illness, anchored by an abiding devotion to family that will affirm readers' faith in the power of love.



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"This gorgeous memoir gives readers a raw and unvarnished account of what it's like to live with and love someone with a severe mental illness. There are moments of gut-wrenching sadness--but, ultimately, the story is hopeful, even triumphant. This book basically tore out my heart and then lovingly sewed it back in place."--Susannah Cahalan, bestselling author of Brain on Fire
"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



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Publisher Harper Wave
Publish date 05/01/2018
Pages 320
ISBN-13 9780062422941
ISBN-10 0062422944
Language English

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