Dear Anglophiles: I can hardly contain my excitement! In just three days, on Thursday, September 27, JK Rowling’s first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, will be released! The media buzz has begun. Rowlings says, “The freedom to explore new territory is a gift Harry’s success has brought me.” And new territory it is, indeed! Little, Brown Book Group, the book’s publisher, gives this synopsis of the novel:
"When Barry Fairbrother 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?”
I also found a fabulous article about Rowling in the New Yorker. To read the article, click HERE.
To visit Rowling’s website, click HERE.
I've read reviews of The Casual Vacancy. A few critics claim that the writing isn't subtle enough. E.g., If there's a secret, Rowling basically spells out "this is a secret." If this criticism pans out, I understand Rowling's lack of subtlety. Subtlety in children's literature is, after all, trickier to use than in adult literature--and Rowling is accustomed to writing for children. And again, if this criticism is true, I have little doubt that Rowling will grow into her role of adult-novel author and refine her writing with each successive book she produces. But I'll stop this line of conjecturing now! What I especially look forward to are the novel's characters, for I know that Rowling brilliantly breathes life into her creations. And I look forward to basking in a charming, English setting; Rowling has lived in numerous villages herself, and I have full faith that she will transport us!
After you read the book, please let me know what you think!
To pre-order The Casual Vacancy, click HERE.
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