Governor-General’s-Award-shortlisted author Jill Frayne’s first novel SAY I AM has been acquired by NeWest Press, for publication in 2022. SAY I AM features counsellor Helen Cotillard, who meets fifteen-year-old Gale when she walks into Helen’s Whitehorse office, accompanied by her step-mother, suffering from post-traumatic stress. Gale’s story and her distress at being separated from her little sister, Buddie, too closely parallels a calamity in Helen’s own life. They work together for months, unpacking the details of Gale’s past, but in the end, Helen fails her. Gale must find her own way, and how she chooses to do it forces Helen to reckon, at last, with her own blindness. In beautiful prose, Jill Frayne shows the reader both the difficult landscape of the north, and the damaged landscapes of two human hearts. Amy Tompkins at the Transatlantic Agency handled the deal for World English Rights.