"Cry Father is strong medicine. It burns going down, but there's healing in that dose as well. It's a book that put me in the mind of my own Dad and made me think of my own duties as a father. And any book that can reach inside your heart and mind and force you to reflect on such things is doing something very, very right indeed."
– Craig Davidson, author of Rust and Bone and Cataract City
"Whitmer's bleak tale of dysfunctional father-son relationships contains some shockingly violent scenes, captures the seedy milieus of rundown mountain towns, and tallies the enormous cost of loving and losing."
“Whitmer writes about the rustbelt of life. Showing the seedy, the dark, and the things that others are afraid to show.”
– Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern Indiana
“Since the death of Larry Brown there have been at least a dozen novelists touted as the heir to Brown’s gritty throne. Needless to say, there have been few who’ve actually lived up to the promise. However, Benjamin Whitmer’s stark debut [Pike] easily rivals Brown’s most renowned novels.”
– Spinetingler Magazine
"Benjamin Whitmer’s latest, Cry Father, is a gut punch of raw storytelling power. A novel of fathers and sons, and the constant—and at times emotionally crippling—mistakes both make. Much like Whitmer’s first novel, it is absolutely uncompromising and one of 2014's must read novels."
– Lit Reactor
"Whitmer’s deft descriptions of biker bars, greasy spoons and mean streets are as spot-on as his clear, clean appreciation of the high country where the 'peaks...look like earth torn out of the sky.'"
– Kirkus Reviews
“Searing, spare, beautiful prose and characters who arrive on the page already well-worn. A pebble tossed into this novel reveals concentric waves of violence, guilt, culpability, shame, and vengeance – and yet when the surface settles, astonishingly, there is hope.”
– Sophie Littlefield, author of Garden of Stones and The Missing Place
Benjamin Whitmer writes with fearless and savage veracity, beautiful and brutal in equal measure.
– Christa Faust, Author of Money Shot
In prose both beautiful and raw...Whitmer presents an Americana too long off the mainstream literary grid. Brilliant.
– Charlie Stella, Author of Shakedown