For those who haven’t heard, J.K. Rowling announced her newest book last week.
The Casual Vacancy (ISBN 9780316228534. $21) is due out in October from Little, Brown.
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 town’s 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.
While it looks like Rowling is steering away for fantasy, it looks like she’s still going with a quirky world (at least quirky names). And I have to admit, I’m really kind of excited just to see what else she’ll come up with.
Ms. Rowling also announced that she will be writing a Harry Potter Encyclopedia.
So what do you think? Are you planning on reading her new book?