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ISBN13: 9780316228589
ISBN10: 0316228583
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A big novel about a small town...

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations?

A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.

Review:

"I had come under the spell of a great novel....A big, ambitious, brilliant, profane, funny, deeply upsetting and magnificently eloquent novel of contemporary England, rich with literary intelligence....This is a deeply moving book by somebody who understands both human beings and novels very, very deeply." Time

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"A vivid read with great, memorable characters and a truly emotional payoff....Rowling captures the humanity in everyone." People

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"This book represents a truckload of shrewdness....There were sentences I underlined for the sheer purpose of figuring out how English words could be combined so delightfully...genuinely moving." Washington Post

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"A positively propulsive read." Wall Street Journal

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"Often entertaining....Rowling does a nice job laying out her 20-plus characters' endless pretensions and weaknesses, which she punctures with gleeful flicks of a surprisingly sharp comic blade." Entertainment Weekly

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"Broad-stroke storytelling, a critical eye turned towards class differences and tender moments between friends? That's positively Rowlingian!" The Huffington Post

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"Pure Rowling: The author's new novel for adults is Dickensian, straightforward and full of heart. J.K. Rowling's contribution to literature has always been to remind us why we love reading in the first place, and her new novel, The Casual Vacancy, continues the cause...an old-fashioned novel in the tradition of Dickens or his modern-day counterpart Jonathan Franzen...when you finish, there's no denying that you have been told a story by someone who knows just what she's doing." Kansas City Star

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"The Casual Vacancy is a complete joy to read...a stunning, brilliant, outrageously gripping and entertaining evocation of British society today." The Mirror (UK)

Review:

"A study of provincial life, with a large cast and multiple, interlocking plots, drawing inspiration from Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot....The Casual Vacancy immerses the reader in a richly peopled, densely imagined world...intelligent, workmanlike, and often funny." The Guardian (UK)

About the Author

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, have been translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films.

As well as an Order of the British Empire for services to children's literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France's Legion d'honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a commencement speaker at Harvard University. She supports a wide range of causes and is the founder of Lumos, which works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

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Elizabeth Alexander, November 29, 2013 (view all comments by Elizabeth Alexander)
Don't read this book if you can't imagine JK Rowling as anything other than the writer of the Harry Potter series. She is a wholly different artist here. A masterful work that captures characters of all ages and backgrounds with a sharpness and clarity that will keep you reading through to the end. It's not a fairy tale. It's real life. And it's a darker version of what was played out in "It's a Wonderful Life," namely, what IS the effect of one person taken out of the picture, and it's effect on a small town, but really it could be any size town where humans move and breathe and get through their daily lives.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316228589
Author:
Rowling, J.K.
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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Product details pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316228589 Reviews:
"Review" by , "I had come under the spell of a great novel....A big, ambitious, brilliant, profane, funny, deeply upsetting and magnificently eloquent novel of contemporary England, rich with literary intelligence....This is a deeply moving book by somebody who understands both human beings and novels very, very deeply."
"Review" by , "A vivid read with great, memorable characters and a truly emotional payoff....Rowling captures the humanity in everyone."
"Review" by , "This book represents a truckload of shrewdness....There were sentences I underlined for the sheer purpose of figuring out how English words could be combined so delightfully...genuinely moving."
"Review" by , "A positively propulsive read."
"Review" by , "Often entertaining....Rowling does a nice job laying out her 20-plus characters' endless pretensions and weaknesses, which she punctures with gleeful flicks of a surprisingly sharp comic blade."
"Review" by , "Broad-stroke storytelling, a critical eye turned towards class differences and tender moments between friends? That's positively Rowlingian!"
"Review" by , "Pure Rowling: The author's new novel for adults is Dickensian, straightforward and full of heart. J.K. Rowling's contribution to literature has always been to remind us why we love reading in the first place, and her new novel, The Casual Vacancy, continues the cause...an old-fashioned novel in the tradition of Dickens or his modern-day counterpart Jonathan Franzen...when you finish, there's no denying that you have been told a story by someone who knows just what she's doing."
"Review" by , "The Casual Vacancy is a complete joy to read...a stunning, brilliant, outrageously gripping and entertaining evocation of British society today."
"Review" by , "A study of provincial life, with a large cast and multiple, interlocking plots, drawing inspiration from Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot....The Casual Vacancy immerses the reader in a richly peopled, densely imagined world...intelligent, workmanlike, and often funny."
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