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InstaReview: Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

"I feel like my body is being drawn through a syringe. Sometimes walking is hard. The gravity of Indian women's situations, and the weight of our bodies, are too much."

Heart Berries is a coming of age memoir on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation that explores intersecting themes of motherhood, love, survival, mental illness, and loss. Terese Marie Mailhot tells her story through poetic prose, a fearless honesty, and a cathartic release of her soul. At times the book felt fragmented, leaving the reader unsure of the context, but her writing started out as a journal as a way to work through the trauma of her past - so it would be hard to critique something so profoundly honest and personal. We recommend this beautiful memoir for readers looking for a new read for #nativeamericanheritagemonth.


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