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Starkman has penned a debut novel that hits home with any female who struggles to become a mother. Something so “natural” that when denied, our center is knocked off balance and we swim upstream to find ourselves, define ourselves. The main character in the end of miracles is every woman. She’s in the prime of life, solid marriage, goes to work every day, has friends, and for her, giving birth is the ultimate dream. We watch as she deals with feelings of jealousy for friends to whom pregnancy comes easily, self hatred as she thinks her soul is defined by an empty womb, guilt that she cannot give to her husband the child that will have his same nose…..
I became absorbed listening to narrator Jane Oppenheimer voice Margo’s pain and her ultimate psychological decline. Starkman’s writing is spot on and she managed to convey through Margo the plethora of suffering infertility can bring. The story moved quickly and I was easily engrossed in the plot which has some unexpected turns.
As an audio book listen, I give huge kudos to Oppenheimer. Her voice was perfect for this novel. Several hours in I realized this didn’t feel like someone was reading the story to me; it felt like I was listening to my girlfriend Margo and aching for her as she shared her suffering. This isn’t an easy skill that all narrators possess. I would not hesitate to listen to another Oppenheimer audio performance.
the end of miracles, to me, felt like a book in three parts – before, during and after. I never like to give away specific details because as a reader I believe you should unwrap the present yourself and enjoy each layer without advance warning. That said, my only ugh was the “after” part of the book. I didn’t love the ending. I understood the ending. I appreciate how Starkman wrapped it all up, but for me, I wasn’t sure that was how Margo’s story should have ended. Then I read a brief bio on the author and learned she has a medical degree and spent much of her career working in the field of psychotherapy and infertility. I’m guessing her vast experience makes the ending choice far more appropriate than anything I could have devised.
Great book and a great audio performance.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
A beautifully written novel that will take you on emotional journey along with the main character, Margo, as we follow the pain of her struggles with infertility and pregnancy loss, the distorted thinking of her mental illness and the shocking behavior that follows from it. The narrator does a good job of conveying these emotions and the suspense of the story in an engaging way that makes one want to keep listening.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This audiobook is special; listening to the voice of the narrator I was able to become immersed in the world of Margo, the protagonist. In the reader's voice you hear touches of tenderness, empathy and caring. And the listener also cares about Margo, wishes her well as we accompany her on her suspenseful, tumultuous path through bitter disappointment, struggle, her fall and redemption.
Is Margo's irrationality the result of a weak, undisciplined mind - or of an overwhelming need so powerful that - oblivious to reason - it must be fulfilled at any price? The End of Miracles is about the struggle between the need of a broken heart pitted against the forces of reason.
I enjoyed this book and recommend it. It is great.