|Publisher:||Lost Legacy Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)|
About the Author
For the past two decades, Mathews has worked as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified ground instructor, meteorologist, and member of the web development and Internet technical support community. He currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In his haunting memoir, The Demons of Plainville, author Daniel R. Mathews takes the reader along on his heart wrenching but truly inspirational personal journey of survival and self discovery. This is a well-written and compelling coming of age story about the author's traumatic childhood filled with unspeakable physical, mental, and emotional abuse by his family, and how he was able to overcome the darkness of his childhood and the daunting challenges from within his community, to face his demons and embrace his true identity. This was definitely not an easy story to read, but the author's inspirational message of how he survived and emerged stronger and able to identify and embrace his true self is a powerful statement that needed to be shared. Hopefully from the author's story, the world can learn to feel compassion, accept, embrace, and celebrate their fellow human beings for their individuality no matter of race, creed, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. The Demons of Plainville is a candid, relevant, and thought provoking memoir that will stir the soul and stay with the reader for quite some time. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
There are challenges in creating a memoir that aren't inherent in a novel format: for one thing, exploring one's childhood and growth is, of necessity, a revealing approach that exposes one's world to strangers. For another, it incorporates a sense of psychological introspection mixed with world events (here, this world is the family structure and its choices and encounters) that pair raw detail with social interactions that constantly challenge and change all involved. Set in the fictional town of Plainville but blending in real facets of Daniel R. Mathews' life, The Demons of Plainville is a saga replete with struggle, 'demons', hard truths and harder realizations that lead to real change - and the latter is at the heart of any confrontation with demons, but particularly the lives presented in The Demons of Plainville. Be forewarned: there are graphic descriptions of blood nightmares and descriptions of both schoolboy/camp encounters and home situations that candidly portray the roots of psychological hardship and struggle. From flying planes to homosexuality and recovering from family demons, The Demons of Plainville isn't about falling to earth: it's about the process of learning to soar with whatever life hands out. In this, it's a memoir that, more than most, charts the process and the key moments that lend towards movement towards the light and positive rather than succumbing to the forces that create demons.
Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite The Demons of Plainville: A Survivor’s Story of Storms and Reconstruction by Daniel R. Mathews is an inspiring true story of a boy and how he overcame his past. The Demons of Plainville is a first-person autobiographical narrative by Daniel Mathews. He tells us about his childhood, beginning with one of his earliest memories of abuse, both verbal and physical, at age eight at the hands of his addicted, mentally ill mother. Raised in Massachusetts mainly by his mother and grandparents, Daniel’s childhood is bleak. His mother believes in the Satanic Bible and deals in Satanic masses and occult practices. She also emotionally abuses Daniel by falsely accusing him of stealing, among other things, and punishing him for it. At the age of eleven, Daniel’s father suddenly appears out of nowhere and takes Daniel to live with him. For a while, things seem to improve for Daniel as he bonds with his step-brother, Sam. However the cycle of physical abuse continues, this time from his father. As he shuttles back and forth between various homes and is abused and neglected, Daniel is also dealing with his own homosexuality and the challenges of fitting in and finding his identity in a society that is often openly homophobic. In the end, this is a story of survival and courage as one man battles the demons that threatened him, and emerges stronger and wiser. The Demons of Plainville by Daniel R. Mathews is an inspiring true story and I found Daniel’s frank, no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is style of writing to be very engaging. I got the sense that Daniel truly is a survivor and wants to genuinely offer hope to other people, and children who have been neglected or abused, that a better life is possible. The issues of homophobia and prejudice in today’s society are addressed as well. I hope that reading a book like this will initiate discussion and, hopefully, more widespread acceptance of all people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.