Lisa Says… Read This Book by J.K. Rowling

By Lisa Hamilton

A Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
A Casual Vacancy
by J.K. Rowling

It is understandable that everyone is excited about a new J.K. Rowling novel, her legendary Harry Potter books opened new worlds in literature for the young and old. A Casual Vacancy is Rowling’s first adult novel, and believe me – it is definitely not for children.

The novel begins with the sudden death of Barry Fairbrother, which leaves the seemingly pleasant, small town of Pagford with an empty town council seat. The charming English village slowly becomes at war within itself; parents against children, husbands against wives, and teachers against children, as the darkness of the characters are exposed. Sexual frustrations, snobbery, racism and drug addictions are all issues the town will fight, the question is, will anyone fill the vacancy?

Honestly, I wanted to love this book because I think Rowling is an amazing person. I expected to be as swept away as we all were with the Potter books. It’s solid, well written and at times humorous, just a little dull, leaving you wondering if it was just a little too casual. I would love to know what you think about his novel!

About this writer

  • Lisa Hamilton A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley.

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