We've been waiting on word for what JK Rowling's first adult book might be. We knew she was working on one post-Harry Potter, and there was a lot of speculation. Did you have a bet on 'dark comedy with probably social satire'? If so, you've won.
The book is called The Casual Vacancy, it will be released September 27th, and here's the synopsis from Little, Brown:
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.
This sort of sounds like a screenplay waiting to happen. What do you think?