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

Saint Mark

This was a very touching memoir. It reads very much like fiction. Narration was good and neither added nor detracted from the story.

I was so impressed by Mark's devotion. I was similarly perplexed by Julia's breakdown, her treatment, and her lifetime of mental health issues ahead. I cannot wrap my mind around the psychology of how a high functioning perfectly adapted lady, could go on to have a psychotic break (after psychotic break), debilitating depression and suicidal ideation. As I listened it became clear that the medical community in which Julia/Mark become entrenched was equally perplexed. What a frustration for patients, family members, and doctors alike.

I came to think of Mark as a saint. I'm not sure I could have remained so devoted when it seemed there was little levity even in times of wellness; particularly once Jonas arrived and he rightfully became the new priority. On that note, I was particularly disappointed in Julia and her parenting, as she more often than not seemed disinterested, which was infuriating. She is very lucky to have Mark.

I read this book with interest and curiosity. It is a compelling story/listen.
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- Crista

Book Details

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