Published Date: October 1, 2024


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Cate, 43, is a university professor in an unfulfilling marriage. When Nuna, the young Inuk woman she mentors, disappears, Cate and her new friend, Isabel, 28, set out on a journey to find her. On the road, their friendship is tested, Nuna remains elusive, and Cate must contend with her ever-demanding husband who wants her to come home. As lead after lead falls through and the search reaches a critical impasse, Cate makes an important decision to stop living for others and finally live life on her own terms. Without knowing it, Cate has made the same decision that Nuna had when she left Montreal.

Set in Montreal, Ottawa and Nunavik (Northern Quebec), Looking for Her explores the intersecting lives of three women in search of themselves.



Carolyn Marie Souaid is the Montreal-based author of nine poetry collections and the acclaimed novel, Yasmeen Haddad Loves Joanasi Maqaittik set in Nunavik (Northern Canada), where she lived and worked for three years in the 1980s. Author of nine poetry collections, Carolyn has performed at literary events in Canada and abroad. Her work garnered a top prize at the 2012 Berlin Zebra Poetry Film Festival Her literary papers (1967–2022) are housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections of McGill University’s McLennan Library.

About Carolyn Souaid’s first novel

“Her language naturally pairs with the physicality of the story … Unsettling realism is enhanced by Souaid’s understanding of the complications of race and complicity.”  Starred Review, Foreword Reviews

“Carolyn Marie Souaid has a brave honest voice and a love for northern Canada and its people that is genuinely moving to read about.” Tomson Highway

Yasmeen Haddad Loves Joanasi Maqaittik is the lyrical and absorbing result of a sincere mission to come to grips with another culture. That it took decades to commit to the writing is a tale in itself.” Ian McGillis, The Montreal Gazette

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