Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has announced that her new novel, titled The Casual Vacancy, will be published on September 27.
Rowling confirmed on her relaunched official website that she was working on a story that is "very different" to the Harry Potter series. The best-selling books, which tells the story of young boy wizard Harry Potter and his adventures and missions, were made into films and equally received worldwide box-office success, with last flick Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 topping last year's box-office and ending up as the third highest-grossing film of all time, as of this posting.
The Casual Vacancy will be Rowling's first tale for adults. It will be published by Little, Brown and Company, who confirmed the first details of the book's plot:
"When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, 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 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?"
The book will be published worldwide in the English language on e-book, unabridged audio download and CD on Thursday, September 27.