My Lovely Wife In The Psych Ward is available for now at these American retailers:
Amazon - Barnes and Noble - Apple 
Indiebound - HarperCollins

The book is published by Harper Wave, a division of Harper Collins, and released on May 2, 2017.

It is simultaneously published in the UK by Bluebird Books, a division of Pan Macmillan. 
Available in the UK on May 4, 2017, under the title "My Lovely Wife: A Memoir of Madness and Hope"
and available for presale now on

An honest and rewarding memoir of a couple’s compassion and love for each other.
— Kirkus Review Best Books of the Month: Biographies and Memoirs for May 2017

"Mark has written a dazzling, loving, and hugely courageous book about his and Giulia's experience. It is remarkable in its honesty about how psychosis affects every member of a family...this book, ultimately, is not just about the fragility of the mind. It is also about the strength of the human spirit--and the persistence of love." The Times of London

"Mark Lukach's memoir of his wife's recurrent psychotic breakdowns, and the way each episode forces them to reshape their marriage and commitment to life, is riveting. It's rare to be invited into the heart of a marriage, and rarer still to find a writer who can capture the self-abnegation and fierce love central to the enterprise without devolving into competition, self-pity, or sentimentality. With its hard-earned empathy and articulation of difficult truths, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward is reminiscent of Dani Shapiro's incandescent Hourglass." ( Staff Pick)

For regular readers of the “Modern Love” column in The New York Times, the outline of this story seems familiar. Georgetown University, romance, marriage and adult life in San Francisco, until the wife spins into a psychotic episode, and lands in the emergency room and a psych ward. Then two more breakdowns. In this deeply moving new memoir, Lukach goes well beyond his much-read and much-discussed “Modern Love” column and chronicles his and his wife’s marriage and decision to have a child, and in a profoundly moving way, meditates on the resilience necessary to survive. He resists making himself the hero of his own story, and does not shy away from the painful, ugly parts – including his wife’s suicidal depression and her irrationality. But he also conveys her tenacity, and how their marriage evolved to accommodate cycles of breakdown and recovery, mixed with stretches of joy and happiness. (National Book Reviews - 5 Hot Books

“This gorgeous memoir gives readers a raw and unvarnished account of what it’s like to live with and love someone with a severe mental illness. There are moments of gut-wrenching sadness—but, ultimately, the story is hopeful, even triumphant. This book basically tore out my heart and then lovingly sewed it back in place.” (Susannah Cahalan, bestselling author of Brain on Fire)

“Lukach lyrically transforms our understanding of love, mental illness, patience, and devotion in this stunning memoir. With moving and touching prose, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward describes what it’s like to have the picture of your life smashed in an instant and subsequently reassembled miraculously.” (Mayim Bialik, PhD, neuroscientist, actress, New York Times #1 bestselling author)

My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward is a compelling memoir and a heartrending tale of love, madness, and redemption. Like a long-distance trail runner, Mark Lukach embarks on a harrowing journey deep into the woods of psychosis and through the dark twists and turns of his wife’s illness and gradual recovery. But his loyalty to her never wavers, and his story is a testament to the healing power of love and endurance.” (Stuart H. Coleman, author of Eddie Would Go)

“Honest and heartfelt, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward tells the difficult story of a marriage tested by mental illness, and reminds us that true love is never easy.” (Kyle Boelte, author of The Beautiful Unseen)

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.