Thursday, September 6, 2012

"Waiting On" Wednesday: The Casual Vacancy

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week, I'm looking forward to:

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
To be released September 27.

I need to admit that if this book wasn't written by the great J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame, it probably wouldn't have caught my attention.  For starters, it's a book for adults, whereas I usually do the majority of my check-outs in the teen room.  Secondly, the summary (below) doesn't sound like my type of thing.  The politics of a small town?  Probably not something I'm even interested in in real life.  BUT, I simply adored the Harry Potter books and admire J.K. Rowling's writing, so I'll give it a try.

Summary from
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 fa├žade 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 town’s 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.

1 comment:

  1. I also pre-ordered this and am eagerly awaiting!