Terese Marie Mailhot

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Terese Marie Mailhot
Born Seabird Island Reserve, British Columbia
Nationality First Nations, Canada
Occupation writer

Terese Marie Mailhot is a First Nations writer whose memoir Heart Berries was widely reviewed.[1]

Personal life

Mailhot grew up on the Seabird Island Reserve in British Columbia.[1]

Mailhot entered into an unsuccessful first marraige, while still a teenager.[2] She met her second husband when he was one of her Professors at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

In an interview with Trevor Noah, on The Daily Show, on March 8, 2018, Mailhot described surviving childhood sexual abuse, and the impact this had on her mental health, as an adult. She described booking herself into a mental health institution, when she realized how the impact was interfering with her day to day ability to cope with her adult responsibilities, and how she was evicted from her apartment, after her discharge.

On the other hand her treatment helped her be able to write the memoir.

Atlantic magazine profiled Mailhot, as an introduction to her participation in a series in which notable writers are interviewed about the personal impact of the most important book in their lives.[2] The profile described how Mailhot's choice of book, Maggie Nelson’s Bluets, was a reading assigned to her by her Professor, and future second husband, Casey Gray.

Impact of Heart Berries

Parul Sehgal, reviewing the book for the New York Times, warned readers to ignore its romantic title, and described the book's emotional impact as like that of a sledgehammer.[1]