Heart Berries

Heart Berries

A Memoir

Book - 2018
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"Guileless and refreshingly honest, Terese Mailhot's debut memoir chronicles her struggle to balance the beauty of her Native heritage with the often desperate and chaotic reality of life on the reservation. Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar II; Terese Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot's mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father--an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist--who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame. Mailhot "trusts the reader to understand that memory isn't exact, but melded to imagination, pain and what we can bring ourselves to accept." Her unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story and, in so doing, reestablishes her connection to her family, to her people and to her place in the world."--
Publisher: Toronto :, Doubleday Canada,, 2018.
ISBN: 9780385691147
Characteristics: 154 pages ; 20 cm

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Beautifully written and emotionally complex. A young Indigenous writer reckoning with desire, violence, colonisation, and finding voice. Mailhot's vision will stay with you long after you close this book.


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JlRenaud
Sep 19, 2018

Trying to decide if I liked this book or not. I love the way it was written, like a glimpse into the writers mind. I find a certain familiarity in my experiences with men. Casey, in particular sounds very much like someone I used to know. I think I enjoyed the book because it was familiar but I also disliked it for the same reason.

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