On this episode of Everything is Canon, Steve talks to Cory Anderson all about her fantastic debut What Beauty There Is, which is being described as “An exhilarating, emotionally powerful and superbly written thriller that’s Winter’s Bone meets The Road.”
Here’s the summary…
To understand the truth, you have to start at the beginning.
Winter in Idaho. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.
Living in harsh poverty, Jack Dahl is holding his breath. He and his younger brother have nothing—except each other. And now Jack faces a stark choice: lose his brother to foster care or find the drug money that sent his father to prison.
He chooses the money.
Ava Bardem lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father, a merciless man, has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one. Now Victor Bardem is stalking the same money as Jack. When he picks up on Jack’s trail, Ava must make her own wrenching choice: remain silent or speak, and help the brothers survive.
Choices. They come at a price.
What Beauty There Is definitely is all of those things and a whole lot more as its stark and haunting prose creates an atmosphere you won’t soon forget. By injecting a lot of her own truth into the story, Cory’s debut is a powerful tale about brutality, beauty, and people mostly just trying to survive any way they can.
Steve and Cory talk about the thrill of her debut, the sometimes difficult and personal road it took to get here, the fact that there isn’t a sequel and why that’s okay, and much, much more.
What Beauty There Is is out now so click HERE to order a copy today!