That’s right, Little, Brown announced today that J.K. Rowling’s next book (and first novel for adults) will be called The Casual Vacancy and be released Sept. 27!
The novel takes place in Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English town complete with cobbled streets and an ancient cathedral. However, Pagford is not what it seems.
Beneath its charming surface, the town is at war — rich against poor, husbands against wives, children against parents. Add in the unexpected death of middle-aged Barry Fairweather, and tensions rise even more as residents battle to fill his seat on the parish council. Rife with duplicity, passion, and unexpected revelations, Little, Brown describes the novel as “blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising.”
My mind is exploding right now. I’m totally psyched to read more work by Rowling — the Harry Potter series means more to me than a series of books probably should — but I also have slightly mixed feelings. The Harry Potter books were huge. Like, the biggest thing to happen in the book world in my generation (possibly ever? I’m pretty sure HP invented the concept of midnight releases for books. Please correct me?). They created so much hype, were loved by millions of people worldwide, and there has got to be so much pressure on Rowling right now to turn out an amazing book!
She is going to be known for HP for the rest of her life, and anything she writes from now on will be compared to Harry Potter. And that’s a tough act to follow. I’m sure there will be tons of people who love the new book just because Rowling wrote it, and also many people who won’t like it because it’s not Harry Potter.
That said, the information about the novel seems really interesting and definitely subject matter she could do well. A lovely little town where dark things are happening and power struggles bring out different sides of people? Dark comedy and thought-provoking revelations? This sounds like familiar territory for Rowling, and I’m really excited to see how she will tackle writing for adults. Bring on Sept. 27!
You can read the release at Little, Brown’s website, here.
What are your thoughts on this news? Will you be first in line at the bookstore to pick up a copy or do you have some reservations?