My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward: A Memoir by Mark Lukach

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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
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ISBN : 0062422936
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Mischenko rated it ★★★★☆

June 18, 2017

To see the full review, please visit 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...

Petra X rated it ★★★☆☆

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...

Elyse rated it ★★★★★

February 10, 2018

It’s very hard to stop thinking about this story..... Ruthless- Brutally Honest - AT SOME POINT ....not too far into this memoir....I COULD NO LONGER PULL MYSELF AWAY. It’s GUT WRENCHING....on so many different levels. It’s not only an inside look at the onset of a psychotic breakdown- a full blow...

Brenda rated it ★★★★★

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...

Brandon rated it ★★★☆☆

March 12, 2017

"Scared to death, scared to look / They shook." - 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...

paulie rated it ★★★★☆

May 16, 2017

(this was a goodreads giveaway copy. my thanks to harper wave books and all responsible, though this does not influence my review). this was not a complicated read as far as the writing, but the story was weighty on my emotions for a number of reasons: i can relate to the hospitalization (though f...

Michelle rated it ★★☆☆☆

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...

Krista rated it ★★★☆☆

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...

Heather rated it ★★★★☆

January 12, 2018

The courage it must’ve taken this man to write this book and then let the world read about it is really astounding to me. I read, in detail, this entire novel that described his wife’s episodes of psychosis and depression, the shift of her personality before and after, and I have to say, I felt i...

Stephanie rated it ★★★★★

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...

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