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Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mail­hot

Heart Berries is a mem­oir about an Indige­nous sin­gle mother who loses cus­tody of her first child as she is giv­ing birth to a new one. Terese Marie Mail­hot packs up her bags and baby and de­cides to be­come a writer. She ex­plores her own im­per­fec­tions and de­sires and abuse in a writ­ing style that is dis­tinct and per­sonal. She turns her life into a frag­ile and om­nipo­tent myth. I adore the vi­cious way she ap­proaches her own lust. I also love how she puts her­self first and how raw and new that seems in a fe­male nar­ra­tor, es­pe­cially a mother. I swal­lowed this book whole. HEART O'NEILL is the au­thor of three nov­els. Her lat­est is The Lonely Hearts Ho­tel.

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