My Lovely Wife In The Psych Ward is available for presale at these American retailers:
Amazon - Barnes and Noble - Apple
Indiebound - HarperCollins
The book will be published by Harper Wave, a division of Harper Collins, on May 2, 2017.
It is simultaneously being published in the UK by Bluebird Books, a division of Pan Macmillan.
Available in the UK on May 4, 2017, under the title "My Love Wife: A Memoir of Madness and Hope"
and available for presale now on amazon.co.uk
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.
Ever since we first met at age 18, music has played a huge part in our lives. It also plays an integral role in the book. This playlist starts at the beginning of our relationship, and continues all the way up through the end of the book. Enjoy!