J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy" Book Cover: First Look!

Posted Tuesday July 3, 2012 2:47 PM GMT

Marking her first novel since the "Harry Potter" series, the cover to JK Rowling's latest literary work "The Casual Vacancy" has just been released by publisher Little, Brown and Company.

Delving into adult fiction, the 46-year-old British novelist seems to be shying away from wizards and wands, although the simple cover marked with a checked ballot against a red background doesn't provide as much of a visual appeal as the covers of her boy wizard-based books.

The 512 page tome is described as "a big novel about a small town," where Rolling writes about a parish council election in a small English town called Pagford which faces "the biggest war" after a seat on council becomes vacant.

"The Casual Vacancy" is set to hit bookstores on September 27th and the audio edition will be read by British actor Tom Hollander, who appeared in “Pride and Prejudice,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Hanna.”

Offering a little more insight as to what the penning is about, the Hachette Book Group posted the following plot description on their website: "When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the 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?"

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