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J.K. Rowling’s Upcoming Book: The Casual Vacancy


Noofa Hannan, Howl Staff

J.K. Rowling — of Harry Potter fame — has penned her first novel aimed at adult readers. The book, The Casual Vacancy, is expected to be published on September 27 and will be available in hardcover, e-book and audiobook forms. The book’s publisher, Little, Brown and Company revealed that the novel is set in an idyllic English town and will beblackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising.”

Rowling’s book deals with small town politics and couldn’t be more different from the magical world of Harry Potter.  Earlier this year, Rowling said that though the book is very different from the Harry Potter series, she enjoyed writing it every bit as much. “The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me,” she said.

While the book may not be able to match the extraordinary success of the Harry Potter saga, the author has high hopes. The Potter books have sold more than 450-million copies worldwide and have been translated into 74 languages.

Here’s a short plot synopsis of The Casual Vacancy for eager fans:

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 town’s 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?


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