“Mark, if I kill myself, will you promise me that you will find a new wife so that you can still be happy?”(HarperWave)
Mark and Guilia met and fell in love at eighteen, got married at twenty-four and were living happily ever after in San Francisco when mental illness decided to enter and blow their lives apart. The once golden girl started a new job and soon her anxiety level was through the roof, she couldn’t sleep or eat, she was losing weight and fear overwhelmed her. At twenty-seven, Guilia had a psychotic breakdown which put her in the psych ward for nearly a month.
“Mark, I am the devil,” she whispered through a fog of Ativan.
Following an intensive outpatient program and medication, including anti-depressants and anti-psychotics, Guilia got well. After some time, she and Mark had a son named Jonas. But then there was another breakdown, followed by another. Their belief that Guilia’s disease was behind them was completely crushed and their future as a family was uncertain.
Mark Lukach tells an intensely personal story about it’s like to live with someone you love who has mental illness. It is unlike any other journey a person can take. Some relationships can make it, in Lukach’s it grows stronger anchored in a love that will give hope to everyone who reads, MY LOVELY WIFE IN THE PSYCH WARD. I was also moved by how gentle Mark was in the telling of his story.
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.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours http://www.tlcbooktours.com and HarperCollins, we are able to provide one copy of MY LOVELY WIFE IN THE PSYCH WARD to one lucky reader.
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