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Do you feel something missing from your life since the "Harry Potter" series came to a close? Well, that gap is about to be filled, because J.K. Rowling (who's now richer than the Queen Mum herself), is moving beyond the boy who lived. Way beyond.
Rowling has announced that her next book — her first for adults (though we'd argue "Potter" was perfectly suitable reading material for all ages) — will be entitled "The Casual Vacancy."
According to a Little, Brown press release, the story begins when Barry Fairweather dies suddenly in his early 40s, leaving the little town of Pagford in shock. Now, Pagford seems a nice enough place on the surface with its cobbled square and ancient abbey, but beneath this idyllic setting lies a town at war. Dun dun dun.
The rich fight the poor, teenagers fight parents, wives fight husbands (you get the idea) — and the empty seat on the town's council left by Barry sparks the biggest battle yet. As the drama unfolds, the question arises: who will triumph in this election riddled with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? (Guess politics never change.)
Rowling herself tweeted that it will be "Very different to Harry, although I've enjoyed writing it every bit as much."
We can only hope we can say the same when we read it. According to the WSJ, "The Casual Vacancy" hits shelves Sept. 27, which means we'll likely be up when the clock strikes midnight waiting in line for our very own copy.