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Lansdowne Library E 78 B9 M35 2018 (Text) 26040003356397 Main Collection Volume hold Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780385691147 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 132 p. ; 20 cm.
  • Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 2018.

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This is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar II; the author 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--an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist--who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame. Mailhot "trusts the reader to understand that memory isn't exact, but melded to imagination, pain and what we can bring ourselves to accept." Her unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story and, in so doing, reestablishes her connection to her family, to her people and to her place in the world.
Additional Physical Form available Note:
Issued also in electronic format.
Awards Note:
Governor General's literary award for nonfiction, short list 2018.
Hillary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for nonfiction, short list 2018.
Subject: Mailhot, Terese.
Mailhot, Terese > Mental health.
Native women > Seabird Island (First Nation) > Biography.
Seabird Island (First Nation) > Biography.

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