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J.K. Rowling's novel for adults gets a title and plot summary

'The Casual Vacancy' by J.K. Rowling will center on an election for a parish council seat.

By / April 12, 2012

J.K. Rowling's new novel for adults will be released this September.

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According to her publisher, the title of J.K. Rowling’s book for adults will be “The Casual Vacancy.”

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“The Casual Vacancy,” which will be released on Sept. 27, will revolve around the sudden death of a parish council member in the British town of Pagford.

“Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey,” reads the statement from Rowling’s publisher Little, Brown. “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.”

An election for the new parish council seat will lead to deception and surprises, according to the publisher.

“The Casual Vacancy” will be released in e-book form and audio and CD downloads as well as print.

Molly Driscoll is a Monitor contributor.

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