A big novel about a small town

09 Jul

Don’t hate me, but I am not a Harry Potter fan … yet.

That’s because I haven’t read any of the acclaimed Harry Potter books, but when J.K. Rowling announced that she was writing a book for her adult audience, my attention peaked!

The hype got even bigger when Rowling’s publisher, Little, Brown & Company, unveiled the cover art for the new book entitled “The Casual Vacancy”. It’s set to hit bookstores on September 27. You can actually pre-order online by going on the Barnes & Noble website.

According to Barnes & Noble website, the overview of the book is:

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 town’s 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?

With the presidential election lurking around the corner, this book couldn’t come at a more opportune time. It’s been described as “blackly-comical, thought-provoking, and constantly surprising” by Barnes & Noble. I am very excited to read this book because the topic sounds interesting. I am very curious of her writing style. With all the big hype going around, it would not be surprising if “The Casual Vacancy” skyrockets to #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List before it even hits the shelves. It might even lure non-Harry Potter readers/aficionados (like myself) to read her signature hit series.

One thing’s for sure, we’ve seen, heard, or read the last of J.K. Rowling.

So the question remains: are you going to read her new book?

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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Cover Reveals


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