J.K. Rowling has just announced her new novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy.
It will be released on September 27, 2012.
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 facade 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.
Here’s what people are saying:
From the Guardian:
JK Rowling’s first novel aimed at adults will be a “blackly comic” tale of small town politics that at first glance couldn’t be further from the magical world of Hogwarts, her publisher has revealed. The subject matter raised eyebrows in the publishing industry; there had been speculation that Rowling might be entering the genre of hard-boiled Edinburgh crime fiction after discovering that her editor, David Shelley, counts Dennis Lehane, Val McDermid, Carl Hiaasen and Mark Billingham among his authors.
Neill Denny, editor of the Bookseller, said it was an “interesting move” from Rowling: “It’s not the niche people were steering her into,” he said. “This is clearly not a traditional crime novel, it sounds quirky, it sounds interesting – and ambitious. It’s a niche with little else in it, which perhaps only she can fill.” Read more…
From the New York Daily:
Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books have sold more than 450 million copies worldwide, and she has never published anything unrelated to the boy wizard: Her last work, 2008’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard, was a collection of stories based on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.