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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.
|Title||:||My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward: A Memoir|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
June 18, 2017
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Lately, I've been reading a good amount of books regarding mental illness. In the past I've dealt with my own mental health issues, mainly after developing a thyroid disorder and after having children. It isn't easy and in my opinion...
June 09, 2017
I'm out of sync here. Everyone loves the book except me. The story is of how a husband adapts his life to that of his bi-polar psychotic wife who is suicidal when depressed and needs hospitalising. He is so traumatised by his wife, Gulia's first psychotic episode that he has to take 3 months off...
June 01, 2017
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward gave me a different perspective that I have been searching for, the perspective of a caregiver of a loved one with a mental illness. Some understanding that as caregivers I am not alone in the feeling of being overwhelmed, exhausted, and frighten. Mark Lukach also...
March 12, 2017
"Scared to death, scared to look /
- Mobb Deep, "Shook Ones Pt. II"
I'm trying to deflect how much this book affected me by starting off with a hip hop lyric, but it's actually the most appropriate way to review this book for me. It scared me.
I've been incredibly fortunate in my life in...
August 25, 2017
I wanted to like this book. I really, really did.
But I just couldn't.
Don't get me wrong -- Giulia's rapid descent into her first psychotic break grabbed my attention right away, and it was both horrifying and amazing to read about the rapidity with which her illness manifested itself.
But as the...
July 03, 2017
Giulia grew intolerably frustrated by our inability to understand her. She rolled onto her back, pulled her knees toward her chest, and chanted, “Voglio morire, voglio morire, voglio morire.” I want to die, I want to die, I want to die. At first she hissed through her teeth, then started shouting...
May 12, 2017
My first reaction to this book: WOW. I loved it… or as much as one can love a book about mental illness and difficult subjects, which is a lot even if it’s sometimes hard to read.
Mark and Giulia were leading a “charmed” life with a beautiful love story. They had recently moved to San Francisco an...
May 23, 2017
This book was painfully beautiful. I loved it all, my copy is so marked up with notes and tabs on the pages. I only hope to be loved in this life the way Mark loves Giulia. A heart catching read about love, family, and mental health.
December 08, 2017
I wanted to like this one, really. But I found it to be a bit too much "bubbly" at the beginning, which it also was very fast moving because they presented us the main characters which went from unkowns to married in no time. I guess the author wanted that part introduced and done with so we coul...
December 10, 2017
Be aware that this is a very difficult book to read if you suffer from any type of panic or anxiety disorder.