Do you remember this tweet?
The first thing that I said to myself upon seeing that was “Finally!” As much as I loved the Harry Potter series, I was looking forward to seeing Jo write something else to avoid that “one-trick pony” label. That bit of news was something at that time and as soon as I got home from a late night at work a while ago, it just got better.
Little, Brown has finally announced the title to Jo’s first and new novel for adults: The Casual Vacancy. Approximately 480 pages long, the book is set to be released worldwide on September 27, 2012. Not only was the title announced, a brief synopsis of the novel was also offered:
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 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?
Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.
Wow, what can I say? The premise is intriguing enough that I am excited to grab a copy. While Jo effectively knew how to add humor into the Harry Potter series then, I’m excited and curious how she will navigate the world of dark comedy, which can be quite tricky. With this, I guess I can definitely say that my 2012 reading list is looking really good, maybe even better than Jo’s new author profile picture… Maybe… 😛
To see the full press release from Little, Brown, click here.
So, shall we start saying Accio September now? 😉
ETA: J.K. Rowling’s official website got a makeover! Check it out here.