Back in February we learned the exciting news that Harry Potter author JK Rowling is releasing a novel for adults this year and in April we learned that the novel has been titled The Casual Vacancy. Today we get our first look at the cover art for Rowling’s first novel aimed at adults and as you can see below, the cover art is kind of meh.
When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the 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? A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.
It seems very clear to me, whether intentionally or not, that JK Rowling is really trying to set this new book as far apart from the magic of her children’s books. When I first read the plot description back in April, I desperately mined the words for something that would appeal to me … I’ve yet to find that precious nugget of interest. I love JK Rowling’s writing so, I think, I’m still willing to give this book a shot but neither the plot nor the book cover reach out and grab me with any interest. I fear if I saw this book on a shelf, and I didn’t know it was JK Rowling, I wouldn’t even give it a second chance. BUT, we are told not to judge books by their covers so … we shall see. Does The Casual Vacancy sound at all interesting to you? Does this sound like a book that YOU would want to read?