Today, she announced the title,’The Casual Vacancy’, and a worldwide publication date, Sept. 27.
In her announcement this morning, Rowling said the book will be set in an English town called Pagford where things are not as idyllic as it seems on the surface.
Here’s what Little, Brown Book Group posted about the book on its web site this morning: “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?”
Rowling’s first novel following the mega success of the seven Potter novels, which center around the adventures of the beloved boy wizard, will be published as a hardcover and as an e-book.
‘The Casual Vacancy’, the publisher says, will be “blackly comic.”
I think personally a lot of people will get overly excited about this book because it’s”The next book from J.K Rowling”. After Harry Potter, you have to realise that this isn’t going to suit the same tastes of those who are reading it.
I think a lot of people will be disappointed, one because it’s a completely different story and genre, and two because it’s not targeted towards a child/adult audience, mainly towards an adult audience. Which most people will choose to ignore.
I’m not sure how J.K Rowling has written this, but I’m sure she has taken this into consideration, but I think people should be aware that it’s not necessarily going to be “The next Harry Potter”.
Then again, I could be horribly wrong…