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JK Rowling: The Casual Vacancy

JK Rowling and her publishers, Little, Brown, have finally announced the details of her new novel. Called The Casual Vacancy, the novel sees quite the departure for Ms. Rowling. It’s aimed at adults, and, judging by the description, contains no magic whatsoever:

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 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?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

Intriguing, isn’t it? I for one can’t wait to read it. It’s been quite a few years now since I read any new material from Rowling, and I’m sure that this release will be just as satisfying as Harry Potter and his cohorts. She really is a talented writer, and her venture into the world of adult fiction seems to be quite apt, seeing as so many of her initial fanbase are now in their late teens and early twenties. The novel will be released on September 27th, 2012. And until then, we can wait with bated breath.

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