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Throw Down
Your Shadows

Shortlisted for the 2021 ReLit Novel Award

Throw Down Your Shadows is a compulsive, intoxicating read. I cared for these characters, felt entranced and betrayed by them, as if they were my own friends. As the narration weaves between past and future, orbiting nearer to the black hole at its centre, Hemming proves herself to be a masterful storyteller. I lost sleep over this book, mostly because I couldn’t put it down. 

- Eliza Robertson, author of Demi-Gods

Throw Down Your Shadows captures small town adolescence with unwavering veracity, Hemming’s gracefully restrained prose gives us an intimate view of what it’s like to come of age in the expansive lusciousness of rural Nova Scotia, amongst complicated relationships forged in a tight-knit, intergenerational community.

- Eva Crocker, author of Barrelling Forward and All I Ask


Throw Down Your Shadows blends psychological depth and menace to create a story that is both propulsive and thoughtful: a rich, character-driven novel with touches of the weird and the regional particularities of the Annapolis Valley. Hemming upends the conventions of coming-of-age novels while demonstrating that unique stories of adolescence crashing into adulthood can have universal resonance.

- Naben Ruthnum, author (as Nathan Ripley) of Find You in the Dark

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