J.K. Rowling announces new book - will you read it?

April 12, 2012 

I'm a pretty big Harry Potter fan. I've read all of the books twice, gone to midnight showings for the movies and took a spring break trip last year to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Fla.

So when Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, announced she was writing her first book for adults -- and that it didn't have anything to do with wizards or magic -- I was intrigued.

From ABC news:

"The Casual Vacancy” will be Rowling’s first novel for adults, her publisher said Thursday, a “darkly comic” story about a small English town torn apart by local jealousies.

The fictional town will be called Pagford and the 480-page story starts with the sudden death of local man, Barry Fairweather, whose demise leaves a vacancy on the parish council.

I like the idea and I'll probably end up getting a copy when it debuts September 27, along with lots of other curious Potter fans. But I'll be interested to see what kind of response "The Casual Vacancy" receives from readers who haven't read the Harry Potter books. I know several people who aren't typically interested in reading fantasy or young adult books, like the Potter series, but like comic novels and literary fiction.

Will you read J.K. Rowling's new book?

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