Little, Brown has announced that J.K. Rowling's forthcoming adult novel, which it recently acquired, will be called The Casual Vacancy. The Hachette imprint also said the book will be published, internationally in English, on September 27.
Plot details and pricing were also included in Little, Brown's release about the novel, which it described as "blackly comic." The book is set in a small English town called Pagford, which comes undone after one of its denizens, a man in his early 40s named Barry Fairweather, unexpectedly dies. The event shakes the town and reveals the rampant unrest bubbling under the surface in the deceptively perfect hamlet. LB elaborated: "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."
The title will be priced at $35 in hardcover and $19.99 in e-book.