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Publisher's Summary

The End of Miracles is a twisting, haunting story about the drastic consequences of a frustrated obsession. A woman with a complex past wants nothing more than to become a mother, but struggles with infertility and miscarriage. She is temporarily comforted by a wish-fulfilling false pregnancy, but when reality inevitably dashes that fantasy, she falls into a depression so deep she must be hospitalized. The sometimes-turbulent environment of the psychiatry unit rattles her and makes her fear for her sanity, and she flees. Outside, she impulsively commits a startling act with harrowing consequences for herself and others.
This emotionally gripping novel is a suspenseful journey across the blurred boundaries between sanity and madness, depression and healing.
International Book Awards 2016 Finalist for Literary Fiction
Recommended by American Library Association
©2016 Monica Starkman (P)2017 Monica Starkman
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sue on 11-12-17

Better than expected

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Abby on 10-21-17

Superb.

I thought this might be too distressing for me because I've been through some of the same experiences. It was not. This is a book written with great empathy but also very realistic. Thank you Monica Starkman!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 11-24-17

Fantastic.

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.

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