On the Same Page: Heart Berries

November - December 2018
book coverHeart Berries
Terese Marie Mailhot

Heart Berries fearlessly addresses personal issues with a scorching honesty derived from psychological pain and true epiphany. She discusses her precarious affair with a writing professor, visits with her psychotherapist, who tempered her manic depression with a stay at a psychiatric facility, her prideful work as a distinguished Indian writer, and the abuses of her callous, cynical mother and "drunk savant" father. Mailhot's proclamations about her heritage, its traits, and particularly the restlessness and codependency of Indian women permeates the text: "Native women walk alone from the dances of our youth into homes they don't know for the chance to be away." Her moral crisis emerges as not one of overcoming the shame of her past, but how to live and love while reconciling her need for both connection and independence. The book calibrates the author's history as an abused child and an adult constantly at war with the demons of mental illness.

About the Author

Terese Marie Mailhot
Terese Marie Mailhot was raised on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia.

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