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J.K. Rowling's new book will be 'The Casual Vacancy'

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J.K. Rowling has written her first book for adults, and on Thursday the title was announced. The novel, described as "darkly comic," will be called "The Casual Vacancy." On its website, publisher Little, Brown has posted a thumbnail description of the book:

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 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 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?

Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy" will be published worldwide on Sept. 27. It is not quite 500 pages long. Unlike the Harry Potter books, it will be released simultaneously in print book and as an e-book.

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Photo: J.K. Rowling, right, with actress Emma Watson at the world premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2." Credit: Dave Hogan/Getty Images

 
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