The Casual Vacancy

by J.K. Rowling

Overview: When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little 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 façade 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 town's 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? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults.

Faith Bowers (12/05/14): I never read Harry Potter and only watched a few of the movies. This book ventures into real issues of small town England pertaining to class distinctions within families, friends and local government. Each character is well developed, each with a well thought-out name.  I really didn't like too many of them except for some very angry teenagers. The author is constantly switching to different scenes of relationships and actions --- and this makes the book a wonderful read. I had the pleasure of listening to the book which brought each character to life and brought them all together in the plight of modern day that is also very funny.
Rating: *****

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