Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot | Book Review

heart berries

Pages: 160
Publication: Doubleday Canada
Release date: March 13, 2018
How I got the copy: Penguin Random House Canada
Rating: 5/5

I read this book so quickly at the beginning of the month and failed to write notes for it. It’s one of those books that are heavy and eye-opening and very important. There are so many moment in this book that my heart was breaking. There were such sad memories and realities to not only the author but to others also fighting the same or similar battles.

Stories. Fictional or real life. I love to read them all. But there’s a special part of me that treasures real life stories that are published for the world to know. It’s brave and takes a lot to put your shit out there for whoever might need it or stumble across it at the right time. It discusses surviving an extremely dysfunctional upbringing, being hospitalized, facing a dual diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress and Bipolar II and the journey throughout her life, which includes discussing her family while depicting her mental state.

I’ll be completely honest, I didn’t know who Mailhot was. I didn’t know her story or what the meat of the book would even consist of. All I really knew was that it was a memoir. A memoir about a women coming of age in an Indian Reservation in British Columbia who had faced many hard times but had triumphant. And that was enough for me, I wanted to know more. The sad realities of reservations are more heard of these days but still need more exposure. Stories with similar topics should get more exposure. We should learn more about what has happened and is still happening and the more hands this book (and similar books) gets to people, the more conversation, and hopefully change, will start and continue.

I really appreciated the Q&A that’s included at the end of the book, which included more detail and information about certain parts of the book and Mailhot’s experiences.

This is a powerful book full of pain and honesty. I’ll treasure this little book on my shelf forever and recommend it to people throughout my life.

Guileless and refreshingly honest, Terese Mailhot’s debut memoir chronicles her struggle to balance the beauty of her Native heritage with the often desperate and chaotic reality of life on the reservation.
— Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

*A copy of this book was provided by Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review*