Natalia Hero


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Hum follows a young woman whose life is changed forever when, after being raped, she gives birth to a hummingbird. She must learn to cope with not only what happened to her, but with the bird’s persistent, agitating presence in her life. Natalia Hero’s debut is a beautiful and tormented magical-realist novella about surviving trauma, reclaiming oneself and what it means to heal.


Natalia Hero is a Montreal-based writer and literary translator. She holds a B.A. in English and Spanish literature from Concordia University and an M.A. in literary translation from the University of Ottawa. You can read her short fiction in places like Peach Mag, Shabby Doll House, Cosmonauts Avenue, and The Temz Review. She translates works from French and Spanish into English. Her debut novella Hum, published in 2018 by Metatron Press, is now available in French as Colibri (Marchand de feuilles, 2020).



104 pages


Cover design | Louise Reimer

ISBN | 978-1-988355-15-3

Fall 2018


Audiobook | Available via Book Dance

French Translation | Colibri | Available via Marchand des feuilles (Québec)














"Hero’s debut is a work of stunning allegory. Magical thinking made real – darting, thrumming, trembling the air around it.”

Sean Michaels, author of Us Conductors, winner of the 2014 Giller Prize for fiction    







The Rumpus | Learning to Listen: A Conversation with Natalia Hero | "Seeing the bravery of women writing about their own experiences definitely had an impact on me. I have so much admiration for the people who publicly detail these horrible, painful experiences, effectively reliving their trauma as they expose the deepest parts of themselves, knowing full well how the public will likely react, how their every moves will be picked apart to discredit their truth—irrelevant details invoked to chip away at this imagined ideal of a 'perfect' victim, one who is deserving of being believed."


Journal de Quebec | "A fierce yet poetic debut novel ... sublime and tormented."


Electric Lit | 8 Novels About Being Haunted by the Past | "A touching allegory, Hum is about the jagged journey of healing as she learns to coexist with a trauma she will have to live with forever." (from French)


Drizzle | "Hum is a powerful story that comes in the wake of the #MeToo movement."


Les Libraires | "The beauty of this book is that, in addition to achieving its ends, that is to say finding a door that leads the protagonist to recovery, it leaves an observation, as discreet as it is powerful: reconstruction is plural and can take multiple forms." (from French)


La Presse | "A story that saves a lot of words, but that still says tons." (from French)


Augur | "This short novel represents a brilliant, seamless marriage of form and content."


Daily Public | "Hum is an urgent story of the ways we survive, externalize, and heal trauma through the ever-present humming of living with a secret. It’s an unforgettable wow of a debut."


Artichoke Magazine | "Extraordinary sensitivity." (from French)


The Montreal Review of Books | "Hero's narrative of trauma, survival, and healing is complex, raw, non-linear, and anything but easy."


Quebec Reads | "Fiction heals because Hero has crafted a balm. One that, with the right kind of attention, could end up on bedside tables in all the homes of our current cultural climate. Its prose leaves no room for denialists—[Hum] is a very real animal we can hold in our hands. One that demands to be fed, sheltered, preserved, or set free."


The Coil | "[Hero] reconsiders and broadens the definition of what the consequences of violence look like, giving them an entity only to the extent that form becomes capable of containing multitudes and uncertainties."












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