Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

Heart Berries

“An epic take—an Iliad for the indigenous. It is the story of one First Nation woman and her geographic, emotional, and theological search for meaning in a colonial world…Terese is a world-changing talent, and I recommend this book with 100% of my soul.” —Sherman Alexie, author of You Don’t Have to Say You Love MeHeart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman’s coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pac...

Details Heart Berries

TitleHeart Berries
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherCounterpoint Press
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography, Biography Memoir

Reviews Heart Berries

  • Roxane
    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. She writes of motherhood, loss, absence, want, suffering, love, mental illness, betrayal, and survival. She does this without blinking but to say she is fearless would be to miss the point. These essays are too intimate, too absorbing, too beautifully written, but n...
  • Janet
    Terese Marie Mailhot’s poetic, shapeshifting memoir Heart Berries, a series of tiny impressionistic essays of self-exploration into the very roots of trauma and madness, is as impossible to describe as it is to shake off. Mailhot is a woman at odds with herself and the world, and her book is in a soul-searching dialogue moving towards self-acceptance by means of the creation of a new definition of self. Reading her book is a dangerous activity,...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    A book written by the indigenous, for the indigenous, Heart Berries is a raw, heart-breaking and sobering memoir of what it means to grow up as a poor, abused, robbed of her own culture native American woman who suffers from depression. This is like no other memoir of the Native American (or First Nations) Experience, for the simple reason that it won't cater to your white-folks needs of painting indigenous culture with frills and sparkles, N...
  • Emily May
    You should have thought before you made a crazy Indian woman your lover. It took me a while to settle into the rhythm of Mailhot's writing in Heart Berries. It’s very poetic, dreamy and beautiful, though often fragmented and edging towards stream-of-consciousness in parts. It requires some patience and close attention - for, though short, this is not the easiest of reads - but it really does pay off.Heart Berries is a Native American woman's me...
  • Kathleen
    My review from the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty...Sherman Alexie’s introduction to Terese Marie Mailhot’s debut memoir, “Heart Berries,” is incandescent with glowing praise, all of it deserved. “I was aware,” he writes, “within maybe three sentences that I was in the presence of a generational talent.” If that weren’t enough, in his blurb, he calls the book — centered on Mailhot’s coming of age on t...
  • Chelsea Bryan
    Heart Berries was relentlessly interesting on an intellectual, emotional and stylistic level, and painful to read. The way the plot moved and things got communicated was enigmatic and moving in a way that I find abstract visual art can be. I think the book is really a lot like modern art, and that it pushed the forefront and boundaries of memoir. On the emotional side, the narrator's internal and external struggles were so complicated that the bo...
  • Krystal
    This poetic memoir deconstructs Indigenous stereotypes, as Terese Marie Mailhot disrupts what her narrative should look like, re-imagining personal sovereignty on her own terms!
  • Leigh
    Still processing - this was a difficult read for me and likely will be for folks with family histories of abuse or mental illness - there is a big room in the library in my head full of difficult books great for writing and reading the way out of trauma and this is one of those, absolutely. But beyond that:Terese Marie Mailhot is a staggeringly gifted writer. Her experimentation with form and style and her resistance to (I kind of hate to say thi...
  • Jennybeast
    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.Advanced Reader's Copy provided by Edelweiss.
  • Tommy
    Heart Berries is heartbreaking and breathtaking in its scope, vision, and beauty. There’s nothing out there like this book. It is formally experimental and yet totally accessible. There is truth, power, and beauty in more sentences here than in almost any book I can think of. Terese uses the truths and facts of her own life to explore bigger themes about what it means to be Native now, what it means to be a Native woman, and what it means to wr...
  • Cassie
    I’m still thinking on it.
  • Grace Randolph
    As a Native and Black woman I rarely get to see myself reflected in the world in a way that is real and multi-dimensional. That shifted some for me this past week when I read Heartberries by Terese Mailhot. So much poetry in these pages, I read it in a single sitting. Ms. Mailhot's use of language is both stark, vivid, and beautiful to behold whether she is building a scene or revealing a truth-- "Indian girls can be forgotten so well they forget...
  • Abby Johnson
    This poetic memoir is heartbreaking and raw. Mailhot writes frankly about dealing with abuse and mental illness, trying to piece her family together even as she loses custody of her oldest child and returns again and again to an emotionally manipulative lover. I especially appreciated reading about Mailhot's experience as a Salish Indian navigating mental health services and other things in a white world. Readers engrossed by Sherman Alexie's rec...
  • Maja Lisa
    Thanks to Terese Marie Mailhot and Counterpoint Press for providing an advanced copy.Short, poetic, and raw. I'm still processing this one. Although it falls at a tiny 160 pages, it takes a while to read each page as there are no extra words, no extra phrases--it is packed and dense and heavy.I liked the Q&A afterword with Joan Kane, which adds some more information and discussion with the author.
  • Cynthia
    Was able to read an advanced copy. Interesting, short, but poetic and deep.
  • Marzie
    I received an Advanced Reader Digital Copy of this book from Edelweiss+, and a paper review copy in addition.In Sherman Alexie's almost effusive introduction to Terese Marie Mailhot's book Heart Berries he glibly (by his own admission) says that Terese puts the "'original' in aboriginal." He obviously has a lot more experience reading the writings of Native Americans, Indigenous, and First Nations writers than I but I can absolutely concur that h...
  • Emily
    "Salish stories are a lot like its art: sparse and interested in blank space. The work must be striking." This is an incredible, searing memoir - there's not a word wasted in Mailhot's frank and unflinching portrayal of her childhood, her relationships, and her struggles with bipolar disorder. It's less a chronicle of "what happened" and more a glimpse into the author's tumultuous interior life, captured in vivid, ferocious prose. Sparse and stri...
  • Chantelle Dixon
    Oh man. THIS BOOK. The writing is poetic and stream-of-conscious-like, which takes it to the next level but also is its downfall. You have to read s.l.o.w.l.y. to really appreciate the style, and she has these incredible one-liners that will just ZING you. And the guts of the story itself were beautiful and searing and terrible. Mailhot is a passionate, emotional narrator. Those are all good, incredible things.But it just didn't come together. It...
  • Chris Bingley
    “I believe in the author’s right to tell any story, and the closer it comes to a singular truth the more art they render in the telling.” Terese Mailhot sets out to reinvent Native memoir, by stressing both the unique nature and universality of her experience. The discussion of language’s power and the inventiveness of this memoir’s structure made it immensely readable. The short poetic prose made for a quick read, but for that reason, ...
  • Kelsey
    4.5/5 starsThis memoir is so much more than just a memoir. It reads like a poem to someone Mailhot addresses as "you," who we later find out is her partner, Casey. The subject matter is complex, dealing with her experiences as an Indian woman, the stereotypes and struggles of the community on the reservation, and Mailhot's mental illness. We also see her trying to reconcile her role as a mother to her three children despite her own tenuous and di...
  • Catherine
    The reviews of Mailhot's book have been grand and effusive, and I only have plain words at my disposal. Three-quarters of this book felt beyond me, just a sliver too far away for me to grasp. And then Mailhot remembered something profound and I recognized that feeling, and everything slipped into place, and I'm left wanting to read the book all over again. It's beautiful. It's painful. It resists easy connection or empathetic understanding. But i...
  • Jess
    I received an ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway and promptly told everyone who would listen: it's a large group since I work at a library. I am in awe of the way Terese Marie Mailhot manages to oscillate between stunningly crafted sentences and stark moments of confession. Mailhot writes the body, in a way I have not encountered before: as though it is both tether and wings, rooted and yet decidedly unbound, buried and free form. Words like courageous,...
  • Natalia
    This is a book centered around a Native American (self-described Indian) and her coming to terms with her inner demons and her past. Her writing, often conversations or letters to her boyfriend/ex/husband or mother/father was little esoteric at times- where she is writing to someone at a very high level or without giving the reader much context. But I think that's what makes it even more powerful.
  • Deirdre Sugiuchi
    I can’t top Roxane’s review of this book. What I can tell you is that Heart Berries was so engrossing I finished it in one night, and that the next day I began re-reading it.
  • Julia
    A wonderfully-written book - sad, in places, hard to read sometimes because it's a very emotional memoir, and some dark topics, but don't let that put you off reading it....it's honest. It's real. I appreciate the fact that the author didn't sugar-coat things - it's part of the beauty of the book, the gritty realness of it. Yes, grittiness and dark places can be (strangely) beautiful. Parts of it reminded me of some of my own struggles, especiall...
  • Stephanie Masta
    this book spoke to me in ways I could not imagine. such a good read.
  • Rhonda
    I didn't put it down until it was finished. I felt so much of this book, and it's a part of me now. Terese's story was raw and relatable to me, but not only was it those, it was written with such talent in the art of writing that it was truly striking. It was just so affecting. I loved it and will cherish and read it again and again.
  • Eric
    My wife said this was a fascinating, enjoyable book. So much to learn.
  • Ellen
    I won this book in a Goodreads First-reads giveaway and I am extremely grateful. I'm absolutely blown away by this book. It is astounding! I was mesmerized...couldn't put it down! The experience of this book is going to sit with me for a long, long time. It has torn open my own emotional wounds, and left me unable to adequately put into words how I was affected by Terese Marie Mailhot's brilliantly poetic and emotional story. It is a painful read...
  • Kend
    When I first received my review copy of Heart Berries, I knew I was facing a busy couple of weeks before I'd have a chance to get to it, so I loaned it to a coworker who shares my taste for regional fiction and nonfiction. I figured that since she had lived here no the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes' reservation for more than thirty years, she might have more insight, too, into how this book fits into the larger literature of the Salish. I...