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Terese Mailhot Heart Berries: A Memoir


Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. After being hospitalized, 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, and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame. Terese Marie Mailhot serves as faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and she's a Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow at Purdue University.