January 2, 2016
Detroit Free Press prints my comments about loss and grief in the newly widowed, including this: "We often don't realize how many people are suffering. But obviously, in a marriage, somebody has to go first, and somebody has to be left. So there are a lot of people coping with this."
Finalist for Literary Fiction
February 26, 2016
Psychology Today: Posts my article on the causes of False Pregnancy.
“A powerful and emotionally gripping novel by one of the great psychosomatic medicine psychiatrists of our time. Highly recommended for all those fascinated by psychiatric illness, treatment, and the impact relationships can have on healing.”
—Michelle Riba, M.D., M.S., former President of American Psychiatric Association
April 1, 2016
Psychology Today: Posts my article on the reasons books and movies are exploring Infertility.
PSYCHIATRIST AND NOVELIST
PLACE ON YOUR GOOD READS WANT TO READ LIST
When a seemingly miraculous pregnancy following years battling infertility ends in a late miscarriage, Margo is devastated. For a time, the unshakable yet false belief that she is pregnant again provides relief from all-consuming grief. When her fantasy inevitably clashes with reality, Margo falls into a deep depression requiring admission to a psychiatric unit. Uncertain if the sometimes-chaotic environment there is helping or making her worse, Margo seizes an opportunity to flee. Alone on the city streets, new fantasies propel her to commit a crime with dangerous consequences for herself and others.
This stirring portrait by a prominent psychiatrist of one woman’s psychological unraveling takes readers on a journey across the blurred boundaries between sanity and depression, madness and healing.
Interesting, realistic, exciting, moving. I strongly recommend it.”
—Harriette Simpson Arnow, finalist for Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and author of The Dollmaker
"The End of Miracles is a compelling, empathic novel about a woman whose desperate wish for a child vividly evokes the pain and longing associated with infertility and builds to a climax worthy of a thriller."
-- Letty Cottin Pogrebin, a co-founding editor of Ms. Magazine
and author of Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate
"Monica Starkman offers a penetrating look at the drastic capabilities of the obsessed mind. Written beautifully and carefully, at just the right pace, The End of Miracles is a thoroughly compelling piece of work."
- Roger Rosenblatt, best-selling author, former Literary Editor The New Republic, essayist Time magazine and PBS Newshour, columnist Washington Post
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January 6, 2016
My article on ways to support those who have suffered a miscarriage appears in Maria Shriver Agents for Change.