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J.K. Rowling reveals title, plot details of new novel

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J.K. Rowling has revealed plot details for her first novel for adults, and as promised it looks to be very different from the Harry Potter series. The book also has a title: The Casual Vacancy.

The novel is being published worldwide on Sept. 27. In a press release, the book’s Canadian and U.S. publisher, Little, Brown and Company, provides the details:

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little 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 town’s 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?

In addition to the plot details, Little, Brown revealed how much the book will cost, which may also come as a surprise to readers: the hardcover version of the 480-page book will cost $39.99, while the list price for the ebook edition is $19.99.