Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is writing her first book for adults. Today we learned it will be called The Casual Vacancy, and you’ll be able to buy it and read it on September 27. The publisher has also revealed the plot of the new book.
Rather than summarize it ourselves, we’ll give you the publisher’s own words. Suffice it to say, the book is set in England and deals with mystery and conflict. Whether she’s writing for grown-ups or pre-teens, Rowling knows what she excels at.
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?
Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.
Digital readers won’t be left out of this one; you can already pre-order digital copies. The Harry Potter series just hit the Nook (it’s been out for the Kindle for a while), leaving Apple’s iBooks store as the only major store left out in the cold, but iBooks is getting this one.