There’s a casual vacancy at Clayton University’s The Loch Shop, but nothing is missing except wizards, spells and flying broomsticks.
Perhaps that needs some explanation. “The Casual Vacancy” is the first adult novel written by J.K. Rowling, the incredibly successful author of the Harry Potter series that was aimed towards the younger set. This book, unlike the magic-themed Potter novels, is something much different, leaning towards black comedy.
“The Casual Vacancy” has arrived at The Loch Shop and will be available for sale on its international release date, today, Sept. 27. The list price is $35, however, “The Casual Vacancy” will be on sale at The Loch Shop, located on the first floor of the Clayton State Student Center, at a sale price of $21 (that’s 40 percent off) through Oct. 12, 2012.
A synopsis of Rowling’s new novel, courtesy of the publisher, is as follows:
“When Barry Fairbrother 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.”