Moving from children’s books to adult books is a huge leap, but J.K. Rowling is fearlessly approaching the divide. And good for her—actors aren’t the only ones who can get pigeon-holed by doing too much of the same thing.
Her new book will be here before we know it, too—as early as September 27. She’s been busy.
The author’s new publishing partner, Little, Brown & Co, announced a few details about the book on Thursday. The Casual Vacancy will unfold in an English town called Pagford, opening with the surprising death of a well-liked man.
The adult title will be sold as a traditional hardback, e-book, and an unabridged audio download or CD. An official description is below:
The 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 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?
Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.
Rowling also relaunched her website today.