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 - bookczuk - LibraryThing
I could not wait to finish reading this book. I felt I owed it to Rowling to see what she did outside the Potter-verse, but really wish I'd just abandoned the book early on. The majority of the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mainrun - LibraryThing
Good golly Mrs. Harry Potter. It seemed J.K. Rowling was thinking, "how can I get people to think I can write different stuff than the Potter Universe?" This book had rape, parents beating on kids ... Read full review