My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward

  • by Mark Lukach
  • Narrated by Josh Bloomberg
  • 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 18, married at 24, and were living their dream life in San Francisco. When Giulia was 27, 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 whom 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 listeners' faith in the power of love.

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touched me so much

This book really tugged on my heart . It was so honest and raw. I felt myself relate as a person who struggled with depression. I also related on a basic human level. At times I felt angry at Julia and sorry for Mark. I realize that this is the problem. We do not put enough understanding into mental health. I am sure that if there was anyway that she could have controlled her psychotic episodes then she would have. what a great book. now I need to make up the sleep for the two nights that I lost from not being able to put this book down.
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- Howard Heath

Now I know how it is on the other side......

What did you like best about this story?

The raw honesty of what the other people in the domino effect experience. Having been the struggling mental patient, I had no clue about the reality of what the whole family goes through. The silent sacrifices of each person, in their own roles.
This book hit me full in the heart. It (my fallout) was not all about me. It was really about everyone touched and affected by my fallout.
I am ever grateful for this eye-opening telling. This telling of even the ugly feelings, the exhaustion, the powering through. Even when Mr. Lukach didn't feel like it. God bless his giving heart. I also learned through hearing, what a real example of love is. God bless him, and his whole family!


Have you listened to any of Josh Bloomberg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't. This was a wonderful narration. Very easy to listen to.


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- Leah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2017
  • Publisher: Harper Audio