9:18 am EDT, April 12, 2012

J.K. Rowling announces title, release date for new book!

The title for J.K. Rowling’s new book has been unveiled.

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It is called: The Casual Vacancy.

A synopsis of the book from Little, Brown follows:

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 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?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

UPDATE: The book is approximately 480 pages.

A release date of September 27, 2012 was also set.

Hypable will have complete coverage of The Casual Vacancy as we approach its release!

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