Little, Brown released the cover art for J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel Tuesday (July 3), which may as well be titled “Potter No More.” The cover of “The Casual Vacancy” reveals a much more grown-up, spartan aesthetic for the “Harry Potter” author with a solid background, simple design and retro font.
The highly anticipated 512-page novel is out Sept. 27, but in the meantime, the publisher gives us this updated plot synopsis:
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 fa�ade 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.
Are you excited to read Rowling’s first foray into the non-Potter world?