With Heart Berries, Teresa Marie Mailhot offers the best elements of memoir combined with a fresh and unique voice. Heart Berries is heart and poetry. I hate when I read a review that says that a writer of memoir is "brave" and "honest." Most people who have decided write about their lives take a leap; they decide to break themselves open and look inside, and then they show us what they find. Memoirist worth reading are, by definition, brave and honest.
Mailhot does a whole lot more than that. She delivers her difficult story in beautiful, poetic prose and you can't put the short but dense story down. The only reason this book is still on my nightstand is because I am launching a business and am basically in work-or-sleep mode. As I finish it, I want to be fully present for every word.