Synopsis of Colin MacKinnon's
New Novel,
IT'S YOU!

    IT'S YOU! tells the intertwined stories of two women and their loves. One of the women, Flora Lijak, is a nineteenth century English writer and anti-Tsarist revolutionary. The other, Ozzie Hosseini, is a twenty-first century American scholar of English Literature.

    Each woman has tragic memories. Each overcomes them. Flora’s abuse at an early age has rendered her numb to sexual pleasure, but in the prime of her life – and much to her surprise – she has an incandescent love affaire with an American anarchist named William McKenzie. The romance, which takes place in London, is terribly brief, her lover is killed, and the loss devastates her.

    Ozzie, too, has lost a love, her husband Tom. When we first encounter Ozzie she is still grieving and has no interest in finding another love. But then along comes Mark Morehead, a decoder working at NSA. Ozzie falls crashingly in love with Mark.

    Linking Flora’s story and Ozzie’s is the undecipherable yet erotically-charged Lijak Manuscript, named for Flora’s husband, who discovered it. Mark’s interest in decrypting the ancient document brings him to visit Ozzie in her office at Georgetown University – he mistakenly thinks she’s an expert on Flora. The encounter is the beginning of their romance. His visit also piques Ozzie’s interest in Flora and her life. Ozzie eventually discovers Flora’s poignant account of her affaire with McKenzie and learns of Flora's final love, a younger woman named Alice Neff.

    IT'S YOU! is a beautifully written tale of women's sexuality, with strong, sympathetic, believable characters. It draws a vivid picture of fin de sičcle London and of the city's revolutionary circles and will appeal strongly to lovers of historical fiction. Both stories – Flora’s and Ozzie's – end happily.



© Colin MacKinnon 2015