My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward
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.

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  • Mischenko
    Jun 17, 2017


    To see the full review, please visit www.readrantrockandroll.comLately, 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...

  • Kim
    Jun 15, 2017


    I can't say enough good things about this book. The writing was excellent. I so appreciate a well-written memoir and Lukach nailed it. The story about a loved one's declining mental health is one that I'm sure many have experienced, but about which few have written. He drew me in from ...

  • Amelia Keldan
    Jun 12, 2017

    Amelia Keldan

    I have not read a memoir in a long time and was initially thrown by the lack of descriptive prose. Once I fell into the rhythm of the writing however and accepted the writing style, it felt a lot like a good friend was sitting across from me; telling me stories about their life and tru...

  • Andrea
    Jun 11, 2017


    A difficult, incredibly sad read about mental illness and how it affects family. ...

  • Petra Eggs
    Jun 9, 2017

    Petra Eggs

    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 ...

  • Kathryn
    Jun 7, 2017


    This isn't an easy book to read, especially if you know someone who has suffered from mental health issues or depression, but this is a story that needs to be told. It`s the story of a perfect couple, living the perfect live, when the stress of a new job and not sleeping cause a psycho...

  • Kristi
    Jun 6, 2017


    This is the memoir of a man married to his college sweetheart. Their life was so perfect until she had a psychotic break that would cast a dark shadow over their otherwise idyllic life. It's a sympathetic and heartbreaking look at what mental illness can do-- but it's also a hopeful on...

  • Nancy
    Jun 5, 2017


    True story. Memoir. Very heartfelt and poignant. This is one man's telling of his wife's battle with psychosis and bi-polar disorder. It wasn't easy for either of them to go through her 3 hospitalizations and numerous experiments to find the correct drug combination, plus raise their b...

  • Sharon
    Jun 5, 2017


    Absolutely heartbreaking account of how a young marriage is completely transformed by mental illness. In moving prose, Lukach describes caregiving for his wife, Giulia through her psychotic breakdowns, all of which resulted in hospitalization. The memoir recounts many of the issues sur...

  • Rebecca
    Jun 4, 2017


    This is an incredibly sad book. It also really makes you realize how barbaric the way we treat mental illness still is today, and how we view it in general as a society. Yes, things are getting better, but every time I read something like this book, I get this horrible gnawing pit in m...