The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (Little, Brown & Company) ISBN: 9780316228534
The Casual Vacancy demonstrates that Rowling’s story-telling ability manifests beyond fantasy and the Harry Potter series.
The casual vacancy is the seat that becomes available on the committee of a small parish municipality after the unexpected death of a councillor. The ensuing succession battle delves deep into the lives and motivations of characters vying for the post, and/or those affected by the councillor’s death. It’s a big plot in a small town.
This tragicomedy reveals prejudices and stereotypes to which we all inadvertently subscribe.