Vrtual UHBF Author Event - Cory Anderson ("What Beauty There Is")

  • Posted on: 14 July 2021
  • By: TanyaMills

Logo for Utah Humanities Book FestivalA picture of author Cory Anderson          Cover image of Cory Anderson's book "What Beauty There Is" showing blue trees with birds, hedgehogs, a butterfly, and a knife

What Beauty There Is, Cory Anderson’s YA novel about brutality and beauty, is about broken people trying to survive—perfect for fans of Patrick Ness, Laura Ruby, and Meg Rosoff.



Cory is a winner of the League of Utah Writers Young Adult Novel Award and Grand Prize in the Storymakers Conference First Chapter Contest. What Beauty There Is is her debut novel.


Winter in Idaho. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.

Living in harsh poverty, Jack Morton 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.

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Online via Zoom
St. George, UT 84770-4087
What Beauty There Is: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250268099
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 6th, 2021