J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy" Coming September 27
Mark your calendars! J.K. Rowling's publisher, Little Brown Book Group, has released details regarding her first post-Harry Potter novel. The Casual Vacancy, a dark comedy set in a small British town, will hit stores worldwide on September 27. It is Rowling's first novel for adults.
Set in the town of Pagford, the novel follows what happens when Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, leaving a seat open on the parish council. Pagford may seem idyllic, but like many small towns things simmer below the surface. It is a town at war with teens facing off against parents, the rich against the poor, and teachers against their pupils. Put a seat on the council up for grabs, and you will see the town at war like it has never been before.
Her publisher describes the book as "blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising." I'm rather excited to see J.K. Rowling moving in the direction of dark comedy. It makes sense to me. The Harry Potter series certainly had plenty of darkness, but I also found Rowling good at comic relief. At least, I certainly found the scene where Snape appears dressed in clothing belonging to Neville Longbottom's grandmother highly amusing.
Will this new novel be as successful at the Harry Potter books? I think that's highly unlikely, and I don't say that as any measure of Rowling's skill. Very few books ever see the kind of success that Rowling experienced with Harry Potter. I know that I will certainly be one of the people lining up to buy my copy on September 27.
Are you planning to read The Casual Vacancy?