Psychiatrist Monica Starkman will discuss her novel, The End of Miracles, which, she says, is “a novel only a psychiatrist could write.” It’s a vivid, suspenseful behind-the-scenes look at how psychiatrists think, diagnose and treat. The novel is about the psychological journey of a woman whose deep need to bear a child is sabotaged by infertility and miscarriage. Grief and depression propel Margo into a false pregnancy and then a turbulent psychiatric hospitalization. Outside, she impulsively commits an act with such harrowing consequences for herself and others that an intense legal and psychiatric battle breaks out.
Monica Starkman is a psychiatrist at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry and Depression Center. She is also an author and writer, and writes regularly as an expert for Psychology Today. Her research has an international reputation, and she has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health. She studies the biology of stress, examining the effects of stress hormones on mood, cognition, and brain structure. Other studies focus on conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth. As a writer, she has been published in Vogue Magazine and MariaShriver.com.