Adult fans of Harry Potter can pick up J.K. Rowlings first grownup book, The Casual Vacancy, available tomorrow, September 27.
However, those looking for the familiar references to her famous children’s books will be in for a surprise.
The Casual Vacancy takes place in the small British village of Pagford, and the premise centers on the aftermath of an unexpected death of Barry Fairbrother, a town official. This leaves a vacancy in the government, causing a heated debate among the townspeople over what to do with the poverty-stricken citizens in a middle-class village. There are references to sex and drugs, and it’s a hard story to endure, with few moments of humor.
The book starts off slowly, and often delves too far into descriptions, but once you get into the thick of things, it can be a struggle to put the book down. In fact, its already placed number one at Amazon.com, and has been generating buzz since word leaked out Rowling was writing the book.
There’s good news for fans of the cult classic Harry Potter, too. Rowling says she hasn’t totally given up writing about Harry Potter and friends after all.
“I read them, and I think ‘Oh God, maybe I’ll go back and do a director’s cut’, I don’t know,” says the novelist. “Harry Potter truly liberated me in the sense that there’s only one reason to write, for me – if I genuinely have something I want to say, and I want to publish it.”
Time will tell if The Casual Vacancy makes it to a theater near you!