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It's My Turn

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It's My Turn is an apt name for the story of a woman who slowly comes out from under the the thumb she never knew was holding her down.

It's My Turn is the story of a married couple: Arvid and Erika, who meet in 1971 and develop a friendship that abruptly (and I do mean abruptly) results in marriage. Arvid's selfishness really starts showing its face at that point, as he pretty much does whatever he likes and expects Erika to just...deal with it. Which she does.


The vast majority of the book is dedicated to their developing life together: primarily sailing, Arvid writing music, Erika painting, more sailing with rich friends who have no ulterior motives or shady intentions, and then BANG into the repercussions of being a cross-dressing church organist (yes, you read that right, and yes, it's mentioned on Page 1).


When asked why she decides to stay with Arvid despite him lying to her and always doing what he wants with little-to-no disregard of how it's affecting his wife (which it does, frequently), she weakly shrugs and says:


I know, but Arvid's not a bad guy, you know...


To which one of her friends blurts out:


And he's lazy and self-centered, and if you haven't noticed, Erika, he's a f**king cross-dresser!


I'll admit, that part made me laugh out loud and fall more in love with that particular character, because that was the best example of anyone Spelling It Out in the whole book. Remember, this was taking place in the early 1970s, not almost fifty years later where society is more open to individuals being able to express outwardly who they actually are on the inside.


Even if you take away the entire cross-dressing element, Arvid was still a selfish spoiled brat, and I found him immensely unlikable...he names his newly-purchased boat "It's My Turn," if that tells you anything about his latent maturity.


What I liked about It's My Turn: pretty much the entire middle, where Erika is developing some semblance of her own identity, and the descriptions of the sailing were interesting to read as well as authentic since the author has a distinguished maritime history, including being a retired US Coast Guard Captain. I really enjoyed reading about Erika sailing around the open ocean and doing it quite well on her own, thankyouverymuch. I also think the male author did a great job voicing a female main character.


What I would like to have seen: a more relaxed narrative, a little more showing instead of telling. There is one puzzling scene just prior to a poker game where the rules of being a cross-dressing poker player are explained to Arvid...except it's very clearly directed at the reader instead. There was also no real "crisis point," aside from Arvid eventually driving off a cliff in a tortured-artist snit (his death is also stated on Page 1).


This is RJ Marcott's first novel, and I have no doubt whatsoever that he'll continue to improve, perhaps even with Erika's life post-Arvid? That is something I'd very much like to read.

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I'm an indie published author with three fiction books under my belt and two more in the series on the way. I'm also working on two non-fiction books regarding writing AND reading.

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About the author

Captain Marcott, retired US Coast Guard officer's memoirs "The View From the Rigging" (Military Writers Society 2017 silver medal.) "It's My Turn" is his first novel. He's working on a Historical Fiction piece re., construction of the Panama Canal: "The Goldlisters of Panama." view profile

Published on September 16, 2019

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70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

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Genre: Women's Fiction

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