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February 6, 2018 | Hardcover | 5 x 8, 160 pages | ISBN 9781619023345
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Selected by Emma Watson as the Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick for March/April 2018
New York Times Editor’s Choice
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection

“A sledgehammer. . . . Her experiments with structure and language . . . are in the service of trying to find new ways to think about the past, trauma, repetition and reconciliation, which might be a way of saying a new model for the memoir.” —Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot is an astounding memoir in essays. Here is a wound. Here is need, naked and unapologetic. Here is a mountain woman, towering in words great and small… What Mailhot has accomplished in this exquisite book is brilliance both raw and refined.” —Roxane Gay, author of Hunger

Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman’s coming of age on the Seabird Island Band in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie 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.

TERESE MARIE MAILHOT graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with an M.F.A. in fiction. Mailhot’s work has appeared in The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Times, Carve Magazine, The Offing, The Toast, Yellow Medicine Review, and elsewhere. The recipient of several fellowships—SWAIA Discovery Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Writing by Writers Fellowship, and the Elk Writer’s Workshop Fellowship—she was recently named the Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow at Purdue University and resides in West Lafayette, Indiana.



Selected by Emma Watson as the Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick for March/April 2018
New York Times Editor’s Choice
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection

1 of 10 Brilliant New Authors to Know for International Women’s Day (Entertainment Weekly)
1 of 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2018, So Far (TIME)
1 of 10 Best Books from Emma Watson’s Book Club (Real Simple)
1 of 27 Most Anticipated Books of 2018 (Esquire)
1 of 20 New Books to Read in February (Entertainment Weekly)
1 of 19 of the Best Books to Read This Winter (ELLE)
1 of 10 Books to Read in February (BBC)
1 of 49 Books to Get Excited About in 2018 (Cosmopolitan)
1 of 60 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018 (Huffington Post)
1 0f 11 Best Books of the Year, So Far (NYLON)
1 of 33 Most Exciting New Books of 2018 (Buzzfeed)
1 of 100 (Mostly) Unexpected Books Every Human Should Read (Shondaland)
1 of 16 Nonfiction Books Coming in February 2018 to Educate and Inspire You (Bustle)
1 of 21 Books That Should Absolutely Be on Your Reading List This Spring (Mashable)
1 of 11 New Books by Native Women You Need to Have in Your Life (HelloGiggles)
1 of 10 Important Books About Domestic Labor (Literary Hub)
1 of 9 Best Nonfiction Books of 2018, So Far (Book Riot)
One of the Most-Anticipated Adult Books of 2018 (New York Public Library)
1 of 23 Highly Anticipated Books of 2018 (Goodreads)
1 of 30 Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of 2018 (Bitch)
1 of 10 Great Books You Can Read in One Sitting (NYLON)
1 of 7 New Books You Need to Read This February (Vulture)
1 of 14 Debut Books by Women Coming Out in 2018 That You Need in Your TBR Pile (Bustle)
1 of 21 Books to Read in 2018 (The Week)
1 of 12 New Books You Need to Read This February (Harper’s Bazaar)
1 of 50 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018 (NYLON)
One of The Millions’s Most Anticipated Books of 2018
Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018 (The Coil)
What to Read when 2018 Is Just Around the Corner (The Rumpus)
1 of 65 Queer and Feminist Books to Read in 2018 (Autostraddle)
A Loan Stars Librarian Pick for the Month of March (Quill & Quire)
1 of the Most Anticipated New Releases of 2018 (Reading Women)
The Rumpus Book Club Selection for January
A Staff Library Pick for the Month of March—(Quill & Quire)

“A sledgehammer . . . Her experiments with structure and language . . . are in the service of trying to find new ways to think about the past, trauma, repetition, and reconciliation, which might be a way of saying a new model for the memoir . . . If Heart Berries is any indication, the work to come will not just surface suppressed stories; it might give birth to new forms.” —The New York Times

“Sometimes a writer’s voice is so distinctive, so angry and messy yet wise, that her story takes on the kind of urgency that makes you turn pages faster and faster. Terese Marie Mailhot has one of those voices, and her memoir about being raised on a Canadian reservation and coming to understand what it means to be an indigenous person in modern times is breathtaking.” —Esquire, 1 of 27 Most Anticipated Books of 2018

“A luminous, poetic memoir.” —Entertainment Weekly, 1 of 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2018

“I read Heart Berries, and then I read it straight through again. I didn’t want to feel the absence of Terese Marie Mailhot’s voice once I’d been introduced to it.” —NYLON, 1 of 10 Great Books You Can Read in One Sitting

“With gorgeous language and lyricism that never sacrifices honesty and realness, Heart Berries is a brilliant look into what it means to survive, heal, lose, and love.” —Isaac Fitzgerald, TODAY, 1 of 10 Books Everyone Should Be Reading Right Now

“This gut punch of a memoir . . . [is] essentially a love letter, full of humor and truth, to tough, challenging women everywhere.” —Marie Claire

“Poetic is an oft-used descriptor of lovely writing, and this book seems to be something more striking than the word signifies: a memoir and a poem, a haunting and dazzlingly written narrative of Mailhot’s growing up on a reservation in the Pacific Northwest.” —Huffington Post, 1 of 60 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018

“Powerful and raw, Heart Berries looks unflinchingly at trauma, love, pain, self-acceptance, and what it means to be a Native woman today.” —BuzzFeed, 1 of 33 Most Exciting New Books of 2018

“A startling beauty of a memoir, full of death and life—as much a book about becoming as it is a reckoning with the past . . . It’s a book you might finish in an afternoon, knowing it will stay with you always.” —Shondaland

“The work is transcendent in the most literal sense, surpassing every readerly expectation about genre and form to create a truly unique book. Mailhot . . . writes deftly about mental illness and indigenous identity, about failure and yearning and ambition. And all of it is unified and amplified by Mailhot’s singular voice: bold and poetic and elegant. This is a short book that packs a punch.” —Thrillist, One of the Best Books of 2018 (So Far)

“This powerful memoir reveals a life of struggle and illness, deprivation and pain, but is so full of strength in the face of adversity, that it is impossible not to read it and feel real hope and the possibility of triumph and renewal, no matter how dark things seem . . . The result is this singularly moving, poetic book, one full of rage and desire, fear and brilliance. Prepare for it to sink its teeth into your very heart.” —NYLON, 1 of 50 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018

Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot is an astounding memoir in essays. Here is a wound. Here is need, naked and unapologetic. Here is a mountain woman, towering in words great and small… What Mailhot has accomplished in this exquisite book is brilliance both raw and refined.” —Roxane Gay, author of Hunger

“I am quietly reveling in the profundity of Mailhot’s deliberate transgression in Heart Berries and its perfect results. I love her suspicion of words. I have always been terrified and in awe of the power of words – but Mailhot does not let them silence her in Heart Berries. She finds the purest way to say what she needs to say… [T]he writing is so good it’s hard not to temporarily be distracted from the content or narrative by its brilliance…Perhaps, because this author so generously allows us to be her witness, we are somehow able to see ourselves more clearly and become better witnesses to ourselves.” —Emma Watson, Official March/April selection for Our Shared Shelf

“Inside Terese Mailhot’s phenomenal memoir Heart Berries the truth wrestles a knot between hustle and heart. How does a woman raised on a reservation in Canada forge a lifestory in the face of a culture hell bent on keeping her quiet and calm? By and through her body, is how, and this woman’s body rages, desires, screams and whispers its way into the reader’s body, as if to remind us that the rest of the story will not be silenced. Terese radically reinvents language in order to surface what has been murdered by American culture: the body of a woman, the voice of a warrior, the stories of ancestral spirit jutting up and through the present tense. I am mesmerized by her lyricism because it is shot through with funny angry beautiful brutal truths. This is a writer for our times who simultaneously blows up time. Thank oceans.” —Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan, The Small Backs of Children, Dora: A Headcase, and The Chronology of Water

“This is an intense book, written in prose as poetry. Each chapter vibrates with the full force of the author’s passion, her pain, her staggering ferocity . . . There is no forgetting in Heart Berries—there is remembrance upon remembrance, and as readers, we bear witness. It is the least we can do when given such a powerful story.” —Roxane Gay, YOU

“Mailhot’s first book defies containment and categorization. In titled essays, it is a poetic memoir told in otherworldly sentences . . . Not shy, nor raw, nor typical in any way, this is a powerfully crafted and vulnerable account of living and writing about it.” —Booklist

“You’ve never read a memoir—or, really, any book—quite like this. This debut is slim . . . but Mailhot still tells her story with remarkable depth and feeling.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Terese Mailhot’s debut memoir, Heart Berries, is a book for women who are learning to navigate anger . . . Explicitly discussing mental health and anger as Mailhot does combats systems meant to keep us silent about our pain and internal struggles . . . Mailhot doesn’t just name her pain. She shouts it, and in the process, creates a space for other American Indian women to do the same.” —B*tch Media

Heart Berries is a short stomach punch of a book—you can read it in one long sitting.” —BuzzFeed

“For the person who knows the power of using language to mitigate our feelings of shame. For the person who knows that shame dissipates when you figure out how to tell your story. For the person who has always been told their stories don’t matter. For the person who knows that their stories are precisely the kind that matter, because it’s been so long and they’ve never been told. For the person who knows that, after a while, it’s easy to mistake pain for the truest form of intimacy. For the person who discovers that there are other ways of being close to people, ways that don’t have to hurt always, even if sometimes they do. For the person who knows that truth isn’t spelled with a capital T. For the person who knows that the only way out of trauma can be by meeting it head-on.” —NYLON, One of the Best Books of the Year, So Far

Heart Berries is a bruising story, purposefully intense, dark and yet light-filled, in which the act of cleaning is a distraction from pain and also a memorialization of suffering.” —Literary Hub, 1 of 10 Important Books About Domestic Labor

“A poetic memoir . . . Mailhot skillfully examines and probes what we think we know about language and memory, imagination and grief, mental health and becoming, pain and love. She asks us to do better, just as she shows herself becoming a more fully-realized version of herself through the course of her book.” —Book Riot, Best Books of 2018 So Far

“Mailhot fearlessly addresses intimately personal issues with a scorching honesty derived from psychological pain and true epiphany . . . Slim, elegiac, and delivered with an economy of meticulous prose, the book calibrates the author’s history as an abused child and an adult constantly at war with the demons of mental illness. An elegant, deeply expressive meditation infused with humanity and grace.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Mailhot asks us as readers to push beyond our outworn notions concerning female experience, mental illness, motherhood, and more, in order to inhabit that transcendent ambiguity and complexity she reaches . . . Heart Berries takes us on a tour of these very confounding complications and we’re richer for it.” —Kenyon Review

“Sharp and scorching . . . It’s exciting to think that a person might be able to write their way out of seemingly insurmountable personal, cultural and historical trauma. It’s even more exciting to actually watch someone appear, at least partly, to do so . . . This unconventional epic should be part of the canon.” —Chicago Tribune

“[A]n innovative coming-of-age narrative about Mailhot’s upbringing on the Sea Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest . . . explores being Indigenous in a world that has neglected the community for centuries.” —Bitch, 1 of 30 Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of 2018

“With concise, lyrical prose, Mailhot illuminates her history—an abusive parent, a teen marriage, and a child removed from her care by the courts—in a way that feels as much like an elegy as a collection of memories.” —Harper’s Bazaar, 1 of 12 New Books You Need to Read This February

“This is not just a work of memoir, it is a work of poetry, of song, of art. It is a thing of beauty.” —Book Riot, 1 of 8 Great Literary Memoirs

“Mailhot’s memoir isn’t just another confession of the hells of living with PTSD and BiPolar disorder: it’s a woman writing herself out of the darkness and into acceptance of the events in her life.” —The Coil, Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018

“A memoir in essays, Terese Marie Mailhot’s Heart Berries tells the story of the author’s coming-of-age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest—one filled with dysfunction and a dual diagnosis of PTSD and bipolar disorder. What did Mailhot do with all that? She wrote her way out of her trauma, finding forgiveness, understanding, peace, and triumph along the way.” —Bustle, 1 of 14 Debut Books by Women Coming Out in 2018 That You Need in Your TBR Pile

“In this stunning memoir, indigenous author Mailhot does what few in the overcrowded genre can: She fashions a new way of telling a familiar story of trauma, loss and reconciliation.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“In an age when memoirs are all the rage (for better or worse), this one stands out . . . Somehow, [Mailhot] has found the words—most unusual ones—to tell her story, and because she uses words in such strange ways, the result is spooky and powerful . . . A roller coaster of a read, and perhaps one especially valuable for those who have struggled with mental illness and/or obsessive love.” —Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

“Deeply moving and incredibly beautifully written.” —Vogue Australia

“There is plenty of misery in Mailhot’s memoir, but also something fresh: a sort of lived-in, jargon-free intersectionality . . . The incidents she recounts are horrific on their face, but rendered with a sense of proportion and self-knowledge that rarely emerges from happier lives.” —Vulture, 1 of 7 New Books You Need to Read This February

“Her poetic memoir is painfully straight to the point—in the best way possible. It’s a pleasure to read along as she takes control of her life and finds her voice.” —HelloGiggles

Heart Berries is a poetic, coming-of-age memoir told through essays that explore everything from motherhood and daughterhood, to love and loss, to family and identity, to the intersections of art and mental illness, and more. Above all, perhaps, it is a story about women telling stories—the power of women speaking (or writing) hard truths about their lives.” —Bustle

“Her story is surprising and illuminating, pushing away from traditional narratives and expected boundaries . . . Her own gift is the ability to speak the truth without fear of consequence.” —Guernica

“Part love letter, part poem, it is a genre-defying marvel of a memoir . . . It is wholly enchanting. Mailhot wrings grand truths out of even the predictable events that define most lives . . . A fearless and artistic work, Heart Berries is ultimately a tale of not just surviving, but thriving even in the dark.” —The Star (Toronto)

In gorgeous prose and with searing honesty, she shares her fight for both love and independence.” —Read It Forward

“This stunning, poetic memoir from Terese Marie Mailhot burns like hot coal. I read it in a single feverish session, completely absorbed and transported by Mailhot’s powerful and original voice . . . The strength of her writing comes from Mailhot’s fearless embrace of emotional darkness and in her depiction of the psychic cost of living in a white man’s world.” —BookPage, Nonfiction Top Pick for February

“Mailhot works language like a poet and lets memory and time twist around to elicit from herself deeper truths about childhood trauma, mental illness, Native identity, love, romance, and motherhood.” —Pasatiempo

In the poetic essays that compose this memoir, Terese Marie Mailhot examines coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest; post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; memorializing her mother; reconciling with her father; and more. —Autostraddle

Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot: Stories that untell the dominant culture’s cover story from the point of view of a First Nation Woman. Absolutely astonishing in its wrestling of hustle and heart.” —Lidia Yuknavitch, “A Year in Reading,” The Millions

“Mailhot resists linearity in this impeccably crafted memoir, instead using poetic fragments to arrive at deeper truths about violence, trauma and the cyclical nature of recovery.” —San Francisco Chronicle, Recommendations from Kepler’s Books

Heart Berries shook me to my core. It wasn’t just the emotionally jarring, painful experiences shared by author Terese Marie Mailhot . . . but also by her unembellished, electric prose.” —Inlander

“Brief but mighty.” —THE Magazine

“Presenting herself at times as ‘ruined’—and ‘ruining’—she radiates a vulnerability that Fields’s deft narration captures. Mailhot’s questions and answers at the audiobook’s end are especially enlightening; listeners may want to listen once through, then loop back a second time to fully absorb her intimate honesty.” —AudioFile

“In this poetic memoir of remarkable lyric power, debut author Terese Marie Mailhot blends a deeply personal narrative with fierce (and often funny) political consciousness in sentences so lean that reading them smarts . . . The immense hurt in this book cannot dim the steady beam of Mailhot’s brilliance. Heart Berries is a triumph to relish.” —The Riveter

“Through this beautifully written memoir we get glimpses, snapshots and explicit details of her experience . . . It goes without saying Heart Berries is necessary today.” —Rebel Women Lit

“In these 11 essays, Mailhot takes readers on her journey toward personal truth: a messy, revelatory process reflected both in the book’s narrative structure and its searing, poetic language . . . A lyrical work from a remarkable new author, Heart Berries is a triumph.” —The Gazette (Iowa)

“This book is ache and balm. It is electric honesty and rigorous craft. It concerns a woman who veers into difficult and haunted corners. She meets ghosts and hospitals. She ends up in a mutinous wing of memoir, disobeying all colonial postures, ‘neat narratives,’ formulas and governments. The resulting story is brave and bewitching. I am so grateful to Terese Marie Mailhot, a fiery new voice, whose words devoured my heart.” —Kyo Maclear, bestselling author of Birds Art Life

“There is some word we have not invented yet that means honesty to the hundredth power, that means courage, exponentially extended, that means I will flay myself for my art, for my survival, for my family, to keep breathing, to keep writing, to keep being alive. Inside that opening is beauty beyond all measure, the truth that art was invented to carry, and power enough to light the word. This book is that kind of opening.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted

Heart Berries makes me think of a quote I have always loved: ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty’ (Keats). With a keen eye for intense truth and thoroughly crafted beauty, Mailhot’s debut sings like poetry, and stays with you long after you’ve finished the last page.” —Katherena Vermette, award-winning author of The Break

Heart Berries is phenomenal. I finished the book and went right back to the beginning to read through once again; my understanding deepened, as did the mystery. Mailhot’s voice is so clear, so disruptive, so assured, and always so mesmerizingly poetic—it somehow startles and lulls all at once. I was KNOCKED DOWN.” —Justin Torres, author of We the Animals

“Unearthing medicine and receiving power requires you to give your life, and in her debut memoir, Mailhot fearlessly delivers. By turns tender, sad, angry, and funny, Heart Berries is a thought-provoking, powerful exploration of what it means to be a contemporary Indigenous woman and mother.” —Eden Robinson, author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize short-listed novel Son of a Trickster

“In this debut memoir, Terese Marie Mailhot sends across generations a love letter to women considered difficult. She sends a manifesto toward remembering—culture and heartbreak and laughter. She writes to the men who love these women. She writes prose tight as a perfect sheet, tucked . . . To read this book is to engage with one of our very best minds at work.” —Toni Jensen, author of From the Hilltop

“This book reads like a wildfire. Full of ferocious intellect, searing emotion, and fearless self-examination, Terese Marie Mailhot’s memoir surges through the complexity and conflict of love, trauma, identity, and mental illness with language that crackles and burns right off the page. I was blown open reading her honest dispatches of life with her mother, the madness of romantic heartbreak, and her ventures toward love and stability. Brave is an easy word to describe this book, but it isn’t enough. Resilient, courageous, powerful, aware, alive, unforgettable; this slender memoir is huge.” —Julie Wernersbach, literary director of the Texas Book Festival

“Some books need us more than we need them. Others, the rare ones, are gifts that restore potency to language, confront trauma with wiliness and craft, and revitalize the world. Heart Berries is one these rare books.” —Stephen Sparks, Point Reyes Books (Point Reyes Station, CA)

“Over twenty years have passed since Mary Karr’s Liars’ Club burst on the scene and delivered an electric shock to the memoir. I’d say that’s just about the appropriate amount of time for the dust to have settled enough to create the perfect environment in which Terese Marie Mailhot’s debut, Heart Berries, could reawaken the genre once more. I’m not sure mental illness or America’s pastime of indigenous exploitation has been tackled with such ferocity and honesty before. Mailhot has a knack for hiding poems within her prose, and each chapter sings with spine-chilling exactness. I found myself rereading almost every passage enough to where I had nearly read the book twice by the time I got to the end. Take my (and Sherman Alexie’s) word here: Mailhot is a damn good voice—one to watch for many years to come.” —John Gibbs, Green Apple Books on the Park (San Francisco, CA)

Heart Berries is a slender jewel of a memoir written by a wholly original and unexpected new voice. I have never read anyone like Terese Marie Mailhot—each page delivers new and delightful ways to play with words and sentence structure, in an extremely natural and organic way (nothing overwritten or precious here). It doesn’t feel like it was written so much as physically extracted from her body like a root, gnarled and dirty and honest and beautiful. I cried, and laughed, and never wanted it to end. I can’t wait to see what she does next.” —Leah Cushman, Powell’s Books (Portland, OR)

“In a time of memoirs that, at best, help a reader know what vulnerability and facing down fear are, Terese Marie Mailhot’s cathartic, moving Heart Berries, is one of the bravest and most fearless of such books. Her coming of age on a First Nation reservation, Seabird Island, in Canada, is particular to that vividly evoked place, but also carries larger universal lessons for the human spirit, its survival, its enduring every kind of trial and difficulty, to find meaning, dignity, and beauty. A necessary book.” —Rick Simonson, Elliott Bay Book Company

“Terese Mailhot delivers one of the most poetic and heartbreaking memoirs I have read this year. Her prose and form take the typical memoir and turn it on its head. Unsurprisingly, she was one of Sherman Alexie’s students, and shows the same inventiveness of style. Heart Berries is a beautiful and painful ode to struggles as a Native woman. I treasured Mailhot’s words and ability to openly share her unique yet universal struggles as an indigenous person.” —Kate Laubernds, Powell’s Books (Portland, OR)

“A beautiful book. Mailhot writes of Indian heritage, of poverty, of mental health, of dysfunctional love, of motherhood, of substance abuse without a trace of artifice or intellectual posturing. Instead, these are pieces of her life that she’s witnessed, lived through, manifested, and transformed into story and writing that rumbles and pierces. The writing is intense and incredibly rendered, but what’s more is how it serves to illuminate what’s concrete—many of the images of her life will stay with me (not least, Paul Simon on the landline, a Stevie Ray Vaughan shrine on the table, a baby holding a hammer with her back against a banging door). Memoir at its best.” —Molly Moore, BookPeople (Austin, TX)

“Sometimes a writer seems to be peering into your life and peeking into your soul, instead of the other way around. And while she lays herself bare on the page, Mailhot also stripped away my own pretense of holding it together. As I turned each page, I felt just as lost as she. She writes of love and pain, and how love can be painful. While these themes don’t make for an easy read, her words have an urgency and necessity that will connect readers to their own humanity.” —Consuelo Marie Hacker, BookPeople (Austin, TX)

“Terese is a Native American from the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. This gripping memoir is a no-holds-barred expression of her mental illness as she tries to come to grips with her dysfunctional family and the abuse she suffered as a child. Not only was she physically abused by family, but the cultural abuse she also experienced is gut wrenching. She is able to articulate the pain she feels and at times it is difficult to be in the place she resides, but her story is so compelling and her voice is so authentic that I was mesmerized by her experience. She writes beautifully and is so expressive. This is a story that needs to be read, and in a world where diversity is the word of the day, it is important to view her perspective and have compassion for all that she has endured.” —Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette (Fairhope, AL)

Heart Berries is slim but so potent. I found myself seized and unnerved by Mailhot’s piercing command of language, and her courage in reforming her life’s narrative. She’s destined to become a must-read for those who’ve loved the work of writers like Mary Karr, Sherman Alexie, and Roxane Gay.” —Leigh Atkins, Kepler’s (Menlo Park, CA)

“This is the boldest kind of writing because it speaks directly to people. Terese Marie Mailhot addresses numerous people she has loved in her life—a mother, a father, a lover, and others—and in doing so, she gets right to the core of it: what it feels like to love, to accept love, despite our and its limitations. Heart Berries is a deep, wrenching, searching sort of book, and it contains impossibly raw, yet seamless, sentences: ‘You think weakness is a problem. I want to be torn apart by everything.’ It isn’t sensational. To call anything in this memoir ‘sensational’ would be to eschew its logic. Everything in Heart Berries rings true to me. Many upturned stones appeared familiar, felt new. This writing is tactile. Though it deals in questions of love, health, grief, inheritance, and shame, it gave me something to hold.” —Will Walton, Avid Bookshop (Athens, GA)

“Powerful memoir about loving and being loved, about obsession and the ways in which we damage and use the ones we love, but most importantly told from an indigenous woman’s perspective in a white man’s world. Mailhot writes with a searing honesty that almost hurts to read sometimes. Beautiful, at times heartbreaking, a necessary read.” —Kris Kleindienst, Left Bank Books (St. Louis, MO)

“A poetic, absorbing memoir about love, trauma, shame, and mental illness. A beautiful and unsettling read.” —Lexi Beach, Astoria Bookshop (Astoria, NY)

“This is not ordinarily the sort of book I pick up, but I found it powerful and disturbing and heart-wrenching to read. Mailhot writes her madness in an extraordinarily compelling way, one that viscerally portrays the abuse and trauma at the heart of her story. Every time I went to put it down, I found myself compelled to pick it up again.” —Jenny Craig, librarian, Seattle Public Library

“I feel completely inadequate in writing a review of something from such a place of unique heart-wrenching perspective, obsession, anguish, and culture. I think Sherman [Alexie]’s intro and his own fumbling for enough exclamation points to endorse [Mailhot’s] writing kind of sums up my own response . . . What a courageous book.” ––Jesica Sweedler DeHart, Neill Public Library (Pullman, WA)

“A once-in-a-lifetime kind of book. Frank and full of love and forceful and free. Over and over this book made me stop in my tracks—completely stunned by its beauty.” —Kenny Coble, King’s Books (Tacoma, WA)

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