Written by Brandon Williams on Friday, July 6th, 2012

Hachette has released a cover image for J.K. Rowling‘s upcoming adult novel, The Casual Vacancy.

The book has a release date of September 27, 2012 in hardcover, large print hardcover, eBook and various audiobook formats (voiced by Tom Hollander). The pagecount is listed at 512 pages. Little, Brown and Company has provided the following summary:

“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.”

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