It’s already old news that J.K. Rowling has published her first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, but I’ve been surprised by the response from my friends. It seems many avid Harry Potter fans are finding the content gritty and a bit shocking from what they’d normally expect from Ms. Rowling. Frankly, I applaud the author, because it would be truly disappointing if her latest novel was Harry Potter re-invented. However, most of the reviews are mixed, so I’d love to hear what RM readers think?
“The vacancy of the title occurs when a local councillor, Barry Fairbrother, dies while in office. This is the key event that triggers the action in the superficially idyllic West Country village of Pagford, whose well-heeled inhabitants are at war with the nearby council estate, The Fields.” – The Observer
““Unfortunately, the real-life world she has limned in these pages is so willfully banal, so depressingly clichéd that ‘The Casual Vacancy’ is not only disappointing — it’s dull.” – The New York Times
“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 WeeklyDisclosure: RebelMom.com has an affiliate relationship with iTunes & Amazon, which means that purchasing music or books via the links helps support RebelMom.com. However, the choices of music and books are editorially independent from those sites. All content on this page has been chosen by myself or readers without any financial recognition from iTunes, Amazon.com, the artists, or authors.
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