J.K. Rowling’s THE CASUAL VACANCY Book Cover Revealed and New Synopsis

     July 3, 2012


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):

j-k-rowling-the-casual-vacancy-book-coverWhen Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the 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?

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.

How do you feel about the new novel? Excited? Apathetic? Let us know in the comments.

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  • doctorsubmarine

    I’m sold. I’m pre-ordering as we speak.

  • Dash867

    Sounds lame…

  • PotterFan50

    If it has Rowling’s face on the inside of the cover I’m pretty much guaranteed to masturbate to the entire text.

    • Matthew

      You are disgusting.

    • Donald K.

      Charlie Kaufman-style.

  • Seekerbolt713

    I’m a huge Potter fan, and I believe Rowling grew as a writer throughout her debut series. It will be interesting to see how she applies to a much more intimate work what she learned writing something much broader in scope.

    I also love the cover design. It’s reminiscent of the broad, masculine script used on the jacket of “The Art of Fielding,” which makes sense, since the two are from the same publisher. It’s a smart move that should make the book appeal to both men and women, instead of the emasculating cover designs female writers more often wind up with for works that may be just as creatively and intellectually hefty as their male counterparts like Franzen and Eugenides. Not that Rowling needs any more help appealing to the entire universe.

    And yay for Gryffindor colors!

    • Albert

      I thought exactly the same thing when I saw the cover: it totally reminded me of The Art Of Fielding.

      And I’m looking forward to this book too. Hopefully it won’t disappoint

    • Albert

      My Pa says you can’t judge a book by its cover.

  • rob

    Am I the only one that finds it funny that her recently dead main character is just one letter removed from Harry?

    • PotterFan50

      Probably not.

      • Hrothgar

        I don’t think that would escape anybody who pays even the slightest attention.

  • Shmumbles

    Plot sounds eerily similar to a lame version of the first book of Game of Thrones, except with democracy rather than a Monarchy. I will pass.

  • El Alto

    I wasn’t able to get through the synopsis. Bad sign? Or maybe I just can’t read! WHY IS IT SOO HARD!? ;)

    • Puppy

      Maybe you’re not really interested.

  • Hrothgar

    She is a very gifted writer, whether it is fantasy or just a letter detailing why she chose one thing over another. She always draws you in with her wit and direct style. I will be buying this as soon as it comes out.

    Yes, it will be entirely different from HP. Different is good.

    @Shmumbles – you think this sounds like Game of Thrones? Wow. Everything must sound like Game of Thrones to you then, since there is often conflict between people in books. **rolls eyes**

  • eowyn

    How boring is that cover? Seriously. Even for an “adult” book.

  • Fist-O-Pain

    She can’t rip off Narnia and LOTR now. This will suck.

    • Hrothgar

      Yes, this is exactly what a person who has read all of Narnia, LOTR and HP sounds like. You are so wise and well read…not to mention original. I have never heard ANYONE say that before.

      Actually, anyone who has done even the smallest amount of research would know that both Narnia and LOTR borrow heavily from myth…as does…wait for it…Harry Potter. And many other lesser known fantasy books.

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  • Sally

    Jo Rowlings is a terrific story teller, but I don’t know about gifted writer. The synopsis sounds good and I look forward to the book.

  • Sally

    Jo Rowlings is a terrific story teller, but I don\’t know about gifted writer. The synopsis sounds good and I look forward to the book.

  • Sally

    Jo Rowlings is a terrific story teller, but I don\\\’t know about gifted writer. The synopsis sounds good and I look forward to the book.

  • Sally

    Jo Rowlings is a terrific story teller, but I dont know about gifted writer. The synopsis sounds good and I look forward to the book.