My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward

My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward

by Mark Lukach

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062422910
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 992,146
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

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 the ninth-grade dean at the Athenian School, where he also teaches history. He lives with his wife, Giulia, and their two sons in the San Francisco Bay area.

Table of Contents

1 August 2000 1

2 July 2009 16

3 September 2009 46

4 October 2009 81

5 April 2010 111

6 August 2010 139

7 September 2011 154

8 October 2012 173

9 November 2012 202

10 April 2013 222

11 October 2014 242

12 November 2014 276

Acknowledgments 303

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