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J.K. Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' cover revealed

July 3, 2012 |  8:00 am

Jkrowling_casualvacancyMove over, Harry Potter. Author J.K. Rowling has written her first book for adults, and it's coming soon. "The Casual Vacancy" will be released worldwide on Sept. 27, and publisher Little, Brown revealed its cover Tuesday morning.

Little, Brown describes the novel, which is 512 pages, as "a big book about a small town." Here are a few more details:

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?

Rowling was a single mother struggling to make ends meet when she wrote "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," published in the U.S. in 1998 as "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." The book and its sequels were huge bestsellers; readers staged overnight vigils at bookstores in order to be among the first to buy the next installment. The series has sold more than 450-million copies worldwide, and Rowling has become one of the world's most successful authors.

As the success of the Harry Potter series grew, its seven books were read by adults as well as children. "The Casual Vacancy," however, is Rowling's first book written specifically for a grown-up audience.

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— Carolyn Kellogg

Image: "The Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling. Credit: Little, Brown

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