J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy publishes next week and is sure to be one of the biggest books of the year, but Little, Brown, the book's publisher, is being very tight-lipped about what readers can expect in the first adult novel by the creator of Harry Potter. What we do know is the novel is set in the fictional English town of Pagford, where the untimely death of a town councilman "becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen."

A good start, but it's not much to go on.

So we thought we'd turn to our readers for help. How would you begin the book? Give us your best first line in the comments, and we'll pick our favorite the morning of Sept. 25. The winner will get a free copy of The Casual Vacancy. We'll be looking for creativity, originality, and, most of all, a line that grabs us and makes us want to keep reading. Good luck!