J.K. Rowling Writes a Realist Novel for Adults

The shy author of the Harry Potter series which has sold 450 million books is about to publish her first novel for adults.

“In the spring, nearly five years after the appearance of the seventh, and final, Harry Potter novel, Little, Brown, Rowling’s publisher, announced “The Casual Vacancy,” and offered a glimpse of the plot: an idyllic English town named Pagford; the death of a man named Barry; a parish-council election. In response, a British publisher announced “The Vacant Casualty,” billed as a parody, if one can parody something whose contents are unknown. Commenters on the Guardian’s Web site guessed at Rowling’s likely models, with reference to Robertson Davies and ‘Desperate Housewives.’”

From Ian Parker’s October 1st, 2012, The New Yorker profile of J.K. Rowling’s new novel.

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