If you've been on edge waiting for the title of J.K. Rowling's new adult novel (not like adult adult, but, like, do your taxes adult) then today is your day. The author has announced that her new book will be called The Casual Vacancy and "will be set in an English town called Pagford where things are not as idyllic as it seems on the surface."
Publisher Little Brown Book Group had this to say about the "blackly comic" Casual Vacancy:
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 facade 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?
The novel will be released September 27th, so start preparing to camp out in front of the bookstore now.
J.K. Rowling's next book: 'The Casual Vacancy' [USA Today]