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J.K. Rowling’s New Book for Adults: The Casual Vacancy

J.K. Rowling has a new book coming out, this time aimed at an adult audience. Slated for worldwide release on September 27th, the book is called The Casual Vacancy. It opens on the story of a peaceful, charming little English town called Pagford being rocked by the unexpected death of a well-liked member of the community. As the story unfolds, the reader learns that Pagford is not quite the quaint and trouble-free burgh it appears. The book is intended to be a black comedy, but sounds quite mysterious as well.

It must be lovely to be J.K. Rowling – I think it’s beyond argument to say that her hopes and dreams were wildly exceeded with the overwhelming success of the Harry Potter stories, so now, she really just has the freedom to try whatever she likes. She can experiment with genres, writing styles, and not writing at all. She can argue with editors and publishers, give scads of money to charity, float about in the Mediterranean or pen strange experimental poetry, and if it all flops, she’s still set for life.

Still, we were water-cooler-chatting about it around the office today, and I suspect the book will be a good one. I have no doubt it will be successful, with rabid Potter-fans needing their fix of anything that even offers a faint whiff of the boy wizard, but if Rowling brings half of the creativity, detail and imagination to this new book that she brought to her former efforts, it will be an excellent read.

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