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  • My Lovely Wife

  • A Memoir of Madness and Hope
  • By: Mark Lukach
  • Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Mark and Giulia fell for each other in their teens, married in their 20s, and didn't realise what their love would demand of them until Giulia suffered a terrifying and unexpected psychotic break at the age of 27. Hospitalized for almost a month, she was tormented by delusions and paranoia. Upon release, she sunk into an extended suicidal depression during which Mark, struggling to support Giulia, was torn between the demands of keeping her safe and following doctors' orders, and honouring her independence and making her feel loved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly moving

  • By BooksHello on 11-07-17

Incredibly moving

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-17

This is nothing short of incredible. The way the author lets you in to his and his family's experience leaves you feeling you have been on a journey with these remarkable people. I was rooting for Mark and Giulia right from the start and I felt their pain, their joy and their hope. It is a fierce, honest, loving portrayal of a marriage rocked by serious mental health problems. Through all of it Mark's devotion to Giulia shines through, and he takes you with him in the experience of loving Giulia and helping her be well. He is brave in his honesty about how hard it is at times, delving into his own reactions, fears and resentments, which makes this a truly balanced and full impression of a terribly difficult situation.

It doesn't matter that the narrator is someone other than Mark himself. The narrator reads the book beautifully and sensitively, and with emotion that suggests this story got under his skin. Which is not surprising because it's so moving.

There are harrowing and disturbing details about Guilia's psychosis that will stay with me a long time. But there is also a lingering positive feeling of the power of love and the amazing ability of humans to fight, survive and live a full life.

Above all one comes away from this book wishing nothing but the absolute best for this amazing little family - and I hope we get another instalment to hear how they are getting on.

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