The first details about J.K. Rowling’s new book for adults have been released. The novel is called The Casual Vacancy and will be published by Little, Brown on September 27, 2012. Here’s the blurb from Rowling’s website:
When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.
Seemingly an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.
And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.
Clearly, this book is aimed at a different audience than Harry Potter,* so I’m interested to see what people are going to think of it. Will it be another mega-success? Will HP fans be pleased or disappointed? Regardless, I’m going to try to read it with no expectations and judge the book based on its own merits.
What are your thoughts? Will you read The Casual Vacancy?
*Speaking of Harry Potter, Pottermore is now live and it’s definitely worth checking out. There are tons of extras and other fun things, including seeing which Hogwarts house you’d be sorted into. I’m a Ravenclaw, just like my fictional soul sister Luna Lovegood. 😀
Happy Memorial Day!