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At long last, a title and plot details for J.K. Rowling's new book (for adults!) have been revealed. And Harry Potter fans might want to buckle up... because there's not a goblin, potion or snake-faced arch villain in sight.
The novel will be called The Casual Vacancy, and it is said to be darkly comic, thought provoking and decidedly non-magical. The Wall Street Journal revealed the official synopsis of the book, courtesy of publisher 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 facade 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?
That certainly doesn't sound like Harry Potter to us, and it is a bit strange to see her name attached to something that isn't about the Boy Who Lived. But this premise sounds really interesting, and it will be exciting to see whether she can write something that will sit happily on bookshelves alongside her best-selling series.
Back in February, Rowling revealed that she'd written a new book for adults and planned to release it later this year. And she acknowledged that she was leaving the world of Howarts behind.
"Although I've enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series," Rowling said. "The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry's success has brought me."
The Casual Vacancy will be released Sept. 27.