The Casual Vacancy will be the name of JK Rowling’s first novel for adults announced Thursday by the publisher, Little, Brown & Co.
JK Rowling’s 480-page novel will be set in a small English town called Pagford. While the town may appear peaceful, it becomes a town at war with itself. The publisher says it will be a “blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising.”
Jon Howells, spokesman for the book retailer Waterstones said, “It will obviously be a major bestseller, probably the bestselling fiction title this year. The real surprise is the plot detail. She never revealed this much in advance of the Harry Potter novels. We were all expecting some sort of crime or mystery novel, but she has, refreshingly, surprised us all. The plot sounds like it will have hints of Mark Haddon and Alexander McCall Smith, and the promise of black comedy is very beguiling.”
JK Rowling announced that she was writing a new novel for adults in late February and at that time she said, “The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me.”
The Casual Vacancy brief plot synopsis:
When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.
Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but 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?
JK Rowling New Book, The Casual Vacancy release date is on September 27, 2012 worldwide in both print ($39) and e-book ($19.99) formats.
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