J.K. Rowling Announces Title of First Post-Harry Potter Novel

Entertainment Apr. 12, 2012 AT 2:20PM
JK Rowling attends the World Premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 on July 7, 2011 in London. JK Rowling attends the World Premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 on July 7, 2011 in London. Credit: Ian Gavan/Getty

J.K. Rowling is ready to wrap up her Harry Potter years.

On September 27, the author is set to release her first novel in five years -- aimed at adults -- called The Casual Vacancy.

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Remaining rather tight-lipped about her new project, Rowling, 46, has said it will be far different from the wizard world of the Harry Potter books, which have sold more than 450 million copies worldwide.

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"As you may have heard, I have a new book out later this year. Very different to Harry, although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much," Rowling tweeted in February after news of her Little, Brown book was announced.

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On Thursday, the publishing house offered a brief synopsis of what to expect from Rowling's new novel.

"When Barry Fairweather 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 facade is a town at war," the synopsis explains. "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."

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