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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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  • Sue
  • Canaan Valley, WV, United States
  • 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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Engaging story and reading

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.

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Challenged my emotional reactions...

Without posting a 'spoiler alert', the 'end' of 'the end of miracles' honestly challenged my emotions. I think of myself as a very compassionate individual, but this story took me to a dark place I didn't know I had! Where does one draw the lines between an emotional breakdown, mental illness and criminal behavior. Did Margo deserve greater punishment than the ending presented? Why did she stay with Steven? Why did he stay with her? Why didn't the family who suffered demand more from her? Why didn't the law demand more? This is truly a psychological thriller to the end....

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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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Well worth the listen

This was an astonishing book that tugged at my heart. Starkman’s characterizations were deep and incredibly realistic, as were her descriptions. Though intimidating as a topic, I couldn’t stop listening and found myself gaining new perspectives on the experiences discussed within.

Oppenheimer gave a wonderful performance that I could listen to while driving and while on a treadmill, and she certainly kept me engaged

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Gripping from start to finish

Starkman’s novel comes to life in Jane Oppenheimer’s narration of “The End of Miracles.” The narration captures Starkman’s lyrical prose and allows the reader to dive deeper into the mind of protagonist Margo through her euphoric highs and tragic unraveling. Thoughtful character development makes Margo a kind of complex female protagonist rare even in contemporary fiction. Listeners will find this audiobook difficult to pause, as each chapter leaves the listener eager for the next.

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Great book, gripping story, complimented nicely by engaging narrator

The End of Miracles is an amazing story, and I was truly immersed in the protagonist's world painted both by the author and the superb narration. I could feel the joys and pains of the main character, travel through her trials and tribulations, aided by a well paced narration, allowing for breath and thought. I highly recommend!

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  • Vicky
  • GA, United States
  • 12-06-17

What is the end of miracles?

What did you love best about The End of Miracles?

Starkman masterfully waded the deep waters of issues affecting women everywhere: Motherhood, friendships, career, exploitation and strike, suicide, abuse, criminal justice, and mental health.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Margo was a very real character. I felt like I knew her. She was created to be strong, yet fragile. She was multi-faceted and believable.

What aspect of Jane Oppenheimer’s performance would you have changed?

Jane Oppenheimer would not have been my narrator of choice, though the reading was clear and satisfactory. It sounded a bit like it was read by someone inexperienced with these issues. You know, the little nuances of expression that sound as if the reader knows?

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, several. But, specifically, the moment when Margo met with the Mother of the baby. The struggle of nurses. The rift between Margo and her best friend.

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this heart-rending story of love, longing, forgiveness, and healing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Predictable

Reviews made me think this would be so much more than it was. I listen to a lot of books since I have such a long commute. I've heard better variations on this same theme a thousand times. Waste of time and $$

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  • 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.