The Casual Vacancy
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 facade 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 - GrlIntrrptdRdng - LibraryThing
The Casual Vacancy was better than I thought it was going to be when I first started reading it. I didn't think the subject would be interesting enough but it was. It focuses on the drama in a small ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - fromthecomfychair - LibraryThing
It took awhile, and a list, to sort out the characters, but the story did keep me reading. Not as much humor as advertised, and a lot of cynicism. Most of the characters were unlikeable, because we saw them mostly from their bad sides, so they were pretty one-dimensional. Read full review