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Crafting a literary triumph that is by turns harrowing and
darkly comic, Benjamin Whitmer confirms his place among the
great American storytellers with a haunting story about
fathers, sons, and the legacy of violence.
For Patterson Wells, catastrophe is the norm. Working alongside desperate, itinerant men clearing disaster zones from West Virginia to New Orleans, his life is a fog of work camps, truck stop diners, and cinder block bars. When the open road cannot jar him from the white-knuckle sorrow surrounding the death of his young son, writing letters to the boy helps some. The bottle helps more.
Circling back toward Colorado to end the work season, Patterson drops in on an old buddy, only to find the man in a meth delirium with a naked woman hog-tied in his bathtub. Setting her free triggers a shocking chain of events that will change the course of Patterson’s life and challenge his illusions of the past. Caught between new allegiances and old demons, he tries to do the right thing. But in the world he inhabits, violence and justice are strange, intoxicating bedfellows.
“There is quite frankly no better way to spend your time than reading this book.” —BOOKREPORTER
“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.” — KIRKUS REVIEWS
“Fans of Cormac McCarthy and the late Harry Crews will rejoice and devour the novel in a single sitting.” — LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS
“Whitmer’s prose is balanced beautifully between dark poetry and Leonardian terseness . . . Cry Father is the front-runner for best book of the year.” — SPINETINGLER MAGAZINE