New J.K. Rowling Title Announced!

J.K. Rowling

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?


13 thoughts on “New J.K. Rowling Title Announced!

    • It will definitely be interesting to see how it measures up! I’m probably going to splurge for it; I have a feeling the library hold lists are going to get pretty long!

    • Very true; it’s good that she’s not being constrained by Harry Potter or the fantasy genre. Now we can see another side of her writing talents!

  1. I’m kind of on the fence on this one. The premise sounds intriguing and I loved the Harry Potter books, but part of me wonders how Rowling was transition from writing for children to writing for adults. Or even just from the world of Harry Potter which I would think would be so ingrained into her brain. I’ll probably check it out from the library when it comes out.

    • It will definitely be an interesting transition to see, although I don’t really see the Harry Potter books as being strictly children’s books. Her writing style certainly matured from being quite whimsical and child-oriented to a darker, more adult style as the series progressed. But yes, it will be interesting to see how she writes for something marketed for adults, rather than the broad audience Harry Potter was intended for.

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