The Casual Vacancy
A big novel about a small town...
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing
J.K. Rowling navigates small-town politics and the harsh choices of poverty in this novel set in a small town experiencing an unexpected election after the sudden death of a council member. A ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Glennis.LeBlanc - LibraryThing
This was a much denser read than I thought it would be. It is a slice of life in a small village with everything turned on its ear due to the death of a town councilman and the fallout of people ... Read full review