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My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward Audiobook

My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward: A Memoir

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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.

©2017 Mark Lukach (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Howard Heath 05-05-17 Member Since 2014
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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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    Crista 09-15-17
    Crista 09-15-17 Member Since 2012

    Mom. Lawyer. Bookclub nerd. Multi-tasker. Audible fan.

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    "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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    Amazon Customer 09-15-17
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    "beautiful story!"

    i love the book and the narrator. is a sad and emotional book. the last chapters are to repetitive dor the situations but is real life. and real life sometimes is like that.

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    aubie99_98 08-30-17
    aubie99_98 08-30-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a librarian working as a state worker by day and a FB stalker at night. I like thrillers, YA and, and just about anything in between.

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    "Loving Tribute to a Wife by a Committed Husband"

    This is really more of a true account by the loving husband caring for his sick wife. We see her struggles with an unforgiving illness in the eyes of someone who will stand by her no matter what they face. People should be so lucky to experience that kind of love. This was excellently written and narrated. Difficult at times, but important to hear. Beautiful.

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    Regina Holbrook 08-25-17
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    "Absolutely perfection!"

    This book is so lovely and really shows a side to mental illness we all need to see. There are so many people affected everyday with this and we need to be more aware and more caring!!!

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    Belen Molina 07-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Beautiful. Honest. Raw."

    What a beautiful and honest story. This book shows that experiencing mental illness doesn't mean that your life is over. It's hard, it's painful but it's also full of beauty and growth and resilience and gratitude. So much love, respect, and admiration to you guys Mark, Giulia, and Jonas! 💖 thanks for sharing your story.

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    karen Chicago, Il United States 06-21-17
    karen Chicago, Il United States 06-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A supportive husband -- the best!"

    As a psychotherapist, I not only appreciated this book but appreciated demonstrating how a supportive family can make the difference in the recovery of a mentally ill loved one. I felt the performance of the audible made the memoir come alive .....an excellent job!

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    AmazinAmazon 06-19-17
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    "Beautiful, raw & honest peak into mental illness"
    Where does My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this book. It was a beautiful, raw & honest peak into mental illness. I liked that it was from the caregivers perspective. Other books I've read are from the individual's perspective. I too struggle from bipolar, and I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in it. It's not a walk in the park, but people who suffer with this mental illness are worth fighting for and giving a voice to. Bipolar can't be cured, but it can be managed to allow the individual to live a relatively normal life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark, the husband. He stayed true to his wedding vows and stayed with his wife through thick and thin.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oddly enough, I liked the scene when she quit going off her medication. It shows how important it is to stay on your medication even if you feel like you're okay without it. A diabetic wouldn't stop taking insulin and expect to be fine, and the same holds true with mental illness. There's no shame in being on medication to help you keep your life on track. It's not your fault your chemicals and hormones are out of balance. I think it's largely due to genetics.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I definitely cried in parts. It struck close to home many times.


    Any additional comments?

    I would hope anyone who reads this that does not suffer or does not have a loved one who suffers from mental illness would gain some empathy toward people who do.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Texas 06-18-17
    Joy Texas 06-18-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Inspiration"

    Honest and raw emotions , heartfelt and inspiring. After my almost 30 year marriage fell apart after I broke my back , going through surgeries, depression , suicidal thoughts our marriage began to fall apart. I fought for 2 years to get our life back on track , not just for us but our 4 teenaged children but my husband at the time did not share in this need to repair the damage and divorce soon followed. After hearing this memoir gives me a renewed faith that there are men out there that do stick by their spouse/family through the good times and the worst of times. After seeing so many divorces throughout my life I begin to wonder if true love that lasted into old age like that of my grandparents was a thing of the past but no it isnt ! Thank you so much for sharing your story with the world.

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    Julie Mulhern 06-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Tear jerker"
    Where does My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is the definition of honesty in the challenges and real obstacles of true soulmate love.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authors complete honesty of his feelings.


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

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the author stated he felt like a caretaker rather than a husband. That his wife was still able to come back to completely trust her husband. That they made it work. They didn't say "uh, this is awkward and really hard so..."


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for sharing your story. This couldn't have been easy to experience a second time writing this book. Thank you.

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