We don’t often cover books here at Collider, but when we do, we prefer to talk about J.K. Rowling. The author of the Harry Potter series and creative mind behind a lot of the franchise’s expanded marketing has a new novel that will be released September 27th. Rowling’s first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, concerns a veritable war over an empty seat on the council of the small fictional town of Pagford. The book is basically guaranteed to be a best-seller, but I’m curious to see how fans will react to a non-Potter story. The Casual Vacancy promises to be a good test of Rowling’s creative story-telling ability. Hit the jump to check out the full cover and read the novel’s updated synopsis.
Check out the new synopsis for The Casual Vacancy, followed by a look at the newly released cover below (via Publisher’s Lunch):
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?
A big novel about a small town, “The Casual Vacancy” is J. K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.
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