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Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Casual Vacancy

Big news today on the literary front! JK Rowling has just announced the title and release date of her new book! The Casual Vacancy will be in stores later this year on September 27th!

Little, Brown Book Group unveiled the announcement along with a short summary of the new story. While some of the descriptors sound like classic JKR, such as "blackly comic" and "constantly surprising," the plot sketch wasn't at all what I was expecting. From the limited information we have, it sounds like a book about small town politics, and while I could immediately envision the type of fun quirky village-dwelling characters that I can imagine JKR would really enjoy writing, it all sounds so dramatically, entirely different from Harry Potter that it's hard to think of it as JKR's work at all.

Described as being "for adults" the book will undoubtedly fly off the shelves this fall. It will be really interesting to enter a new world of JKR and meet new characters, and to see what kind of reception The Casual Vacancy gets from JKR's massive worldwide fan base.

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