Details About J. K. Rowling's New Book! Will You Read 'The Casual Vacancy?'

We finally have details about J. K. Rowling's first non-Harry Potter book, 'The Casual Vacancy!' Will you read it?

Details About J. K. Rowling’s New Book! Will You Read ‘The Casual Vacancy?’

We finally have details about J. K. Rowling’s first non-Harry Potter book, ‘The Casual Vacancy!’ Will you read it?

-Lucia Peters

J K Rowling

Just about two months ago, J. K. Rowling announced that she was working on her first non-Harry Potter book, and… well, that was about it, really. About the book, she said that it would be “very different to the Harry Potter series” and that she was getting ready to “explore new territory.” Did she actually tell us what it was going to be about, though? Nope. All we knew is that she was writing… something.

But hey, guess what? New details have been released! Rather a lot of them, in fact! Well, by “rather a lot,” I mean a title, a synopsis, and a release date; while this may not technically be a whole lot, it’s scads more than we had before. The novel is called The Casual Vacancy, and according to J. K.’s publishers, Little, Brown, the synopsis is as follows:

“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.

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“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?”

Little, Brown goes on to describe the novel—which, by the way, is J. K.’s first book intended for adult audiences—as “blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising.” It’s due out on September 27, 2012.

So what do you think, Bettys? Does The Casual Vacancy sound like something you’ll read? I probably will, but mostly out of curiosity. What I’m most interested to see is how she handles the tone and style of the thing. Will it be similar to Potter’s? Or will she branch out and try something new? I’m kind of hoping that this particular story finds its own style, rather than simply aping that of Harry Potter, but I suppose we’ll have to wait and see to find out.

Tell us: Will you read The Casual Vacancy?

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.

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