Mark Lukach, author of My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward, on tour May 2017

Posted By on May 1, 2017

About My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward

• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Publisher: Harper Wave (May 2, 2017)

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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About Mark Lukach

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 currently the ninth-grade dean at the Athenian School, where he also teaches history. He lives with his wife, Giulia, and their son, Jonas, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Find out more about Mark at his website, and connect with him on Facebook and Instagram.

Tour Stops

Tuesday, May 2nd: A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, May 3rd: bookchickdi

Friday, May 5th: Tina Says…

Tuesday, May 9th: StephTheBookworm

Thursday, May 11th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Monday, May 15th: Stranded in Chaos

Tuesday, May 16th: Dreams, Etc.

Tuesday, May 23rd: Thoughts On This ‘n That

Wednesday, May 24th: The Geeky Bibliophile

Thursday, June 1st: Bookish Realm Reviews

Friday, June 9th: Literary Quicksand

Tuesday, June 13th: Book Hooked Blog

Wednesday, June 14th: Jathan & Heather

Thursday, June 15th: Just a Girl Building Her Library

Thursday, June 22nd: Back Porchervations

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