It’s Christmas time, again. Family gatherings. Company parties. Yule logs. Screaming fits of dysfunctional requiem. But for the three Ponce siblings, they’ll be burying their mother. Edgar Ponce, the family exile. His brother Jean, the west coast porn star. And their younger sister Charlotte, mother to four kids and wife to the richest orthopedic surgeon in Western Pennsylvania. Reuniting them for the first time in over a decade, the funeral of their mother will only serve as the mere whisper that starts the avalanche of the next month, entangling them in their own webs of insanity for a holiday season none of them will ever forget. ‘Lockless Doors in the Land of Harsh Angels’, a crossover/sequel to 2014’s ‘Sleepeth Not, the Bastard’, is at its core a story about family. Beyond that, it’s an examination on forgiveness, the relationship between Christmas trees and caskets; bliss with a little bit of chaos thrown in for good measure, and learning the importance of one of the holiday’s most heartfelt lessons: appreciating those loved ones around you while doing one’s utmost best at tolerating the rest of the family without murdering them.
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“A Memorable Story!!!”
Five Star Review on Amazon by Evie
Lockless Doors in the Land of Harsh Angels, a novel by Dave Matthes, is the memorable story about the Ponce siblings reuniting after many years apart. Their mother had died prior to Christmas and they came together for what turned out to be a most unconventional funeral. The reunion extended through the Christmas season and was one they were not likely to forget. The narrative is told by eldest son, Edgar Ponce, who lived in a self imposed exile. His brother, Jean, is a porn star and younger sister, Charlotte, is a rather colorful character in her own right.
While this is a story about family, it is also a story about the ties and history that bind people together, whether we like it or not. What I found intriguing about this beautifully crafted novel is how smoothly the author portrayed the seamless way the siblings connected with each other after a lengthy separation. Secrets surfaced and some were left unspoken, all with their own impact. The secondary characters are an interesting group and add depth to the story.
I found this to be an engrossing and fascinating story that is well worth reading.
About the Author
Born in South Jersey in the Summer of ’86. Living everywhere else.
Most known for the books that make up “The Mire Man Trilogy”, his autobiographical tome, “The Slut Always Rides Shotgun”, and several volumes of poetry and short stories, Matthes has been writing for a little over twenty years, but only somewhat recently having tapped into the world of self-publishing. Rather than limiting himself with writing one single genre, Matthes prefers to explore as many topics and themes as possible, while lyrcizing those themes through as many different genres as he can.
Working during the day, and in many cases all through the night, as a service technician for the restaurant industry, Matthes drives or flies from state to state; travels which he draws much of his inspiration from that oftentimes bleeds quite literally onto the blank page to form what eventually becomes a novel or work of poetry.
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