Author J.K. Rowling, who conjured up the magically successful Harry Potter series, has announced the title of her first novel – and it’s written for grown-ups.
The dark comedy, The Casual Vacancy, will spin a tale of deceit and rivalry between residents of the “seemingly idyllic” English town of Pagford. The story opens with the death of a councilman, whose surprising demise leaves a vacant seat on the council that evokes an all-town war.
The book is Rowlings’ first work to follow the wildly popular Potter novels, which have sold 450 million copies and have been translated into more than 70 languages. Although her last series was aimed at children, the Potter books picked up a massive following of adult readers.
While witchcraft and wizardry won’t be found in Pagford, Rowling didn’t stray but one letter away from naming at least one character. The deceased councilman at the center of her new book is Barry.