I found this story on Jimmy’s laptop and when I read it I was in tears. The Perfect Solution is a romance (which in itself surprised me) and it has a lovely boy-gets-girl ending that might have been designed as a tear-jerker and possibly was. Jimmy had learned to use his material to take hold of the reader’s emotions. The second reason I cried was personal to Jimmy. This is how The Perfect Solution ends:
There is nothing in this book about “mighty love-hammers” or “thrusting thighs” because I wanted to write a story about love. Love, even sexual love, is not about those things. It’s about tenderness. Affection. Closeness. Intimacy. When two people who love each other come together to make love, they become one person. Self is put aside. Sex without love is a waste of time. Trust me: I have had enough of it to know.
Why did that make me cry? Because Jimmy never reached his ideal. As he says, he’d had a lot of sex without love; he enjoyed it at the time but by the end of his life he knew it for what it was—a waste, not just as he says of time but also of what he could have been, what each of us could be. Love was offered to him by at least three women and it was offered unconditionally; you sense that he wanted to accept it but he always held back. He never did put self aside or commit to another so that they became one person. That seems to me to be worth my tears. Maybe it’s the difference between men and women. Or perhaps it was just Jimmy.
Well, you can make up your own mind because A Perfect Solution is available here for Kindle.
Update on 15 December 2013
This five star review on Amazon.com describes the book better than I have: