“Harry Potter” scribe J.K. Rowling will release her first novel for adults, “The Casual Vacancy,” this fall.
The British author’s publisher, Little, Brown & Co., released today the book’s title, along with a brief plot synopsis and publication date: The book will be available worldwide on Sept. 27, according to the Associated Press.
The novel is described as a “blackly comic” tale of rivalry and duplicity in a small, seemingly idyllic English town.
The book will be Rowling’s first post-Potter effort. Her seven-volume saga about the adventures of a boy wizard became one of the most successful fictional series in history. It also led to a franchise of blockbuster films, plus a book of fairy tales inspired by the seventh and final novel in the saga.
Rowling’s seven Harry Potter novels have sold 450 million copies and have been translated into 74 languages, reports the AP.
Her new book, aimed at a grown-up audience, will open with the sudden death of a popular man, according to the AP. The battle for his seat on the local council sets off “the biggest war the town has yet seen,” with rich people fighting poor, parents battling their teenagers, and wives in conflict with their husbands.
The publisher said the 480-page novel will be sold as an e-book and audio download as well as in traditional hardback form. Her “Harry Potter” novels were only released in e-book form about two weeks ago.