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What matters more than love and life? A powerful memoir of one man's overwhelming love for his wife through mental illness and psychosis.

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My Lovely Wife 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 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 An honest and rewarding memoir of a couple's compassion and love for each other -- Kirkus It absolutely gutted me. It was so many things at once: an adorably devoted love story, a memoir of mental illness, an admittance of anger and guilt, a story of resilience. It offered a perspective I feel is underserved in mental health writing, and while I found it hard emotionally to continue at times, it will stay with me for a long time. - Nikki Goerz -- New York Times - Readers Recommend their Favorite Books of 2017 It's possible that understanding the terrifying and excruciating process of being placed in a mental institution can be best understood by the person who loves you most. Mark Lukach lyrically transforms our understanding of love, mental illness, patience, and devotion in this stunning memoir which chronicles falling in love with a woman whose mental condition eventually changed their lives forever. With moving and touching prose, this book truly 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 and New York Times bestselling author 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, author of Brain on Fire A compassionate and deeply honest account -- Guardian A dazzling, loving and hugely courageous book -- The Times

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5.0 out of 5 stars I just listened to a podcast with Mark (The good life podcast)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for couples, for anyone in a relationship regardless of having experienced mental health issues or not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into the role of caring for someone with mental illness
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Taboo subject still
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