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 - HunyBadger - LibraryThing
Ugh! So did not like this downcast view of the dregs of society (in all class levels). I just could not enjoy the pessimism and general pettiness that surrounded all the interweaving story lines. So ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Emma_Manolis - LibraryThing
I think I may have to try this again at some point in the future. I just could not get into the story and only made it about a fifth of the way through. Since I couldn't finish it earns a one, for now. Read full review