According to a recent article in the USA Today, the Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, was listed in the Top 100 Best Selling books for 2012 with her first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy.
The Casual Vacancy was received with mixed reviews from critics and fans alike but was in the No. 1 spot for the week of October 4th, 2012. However, the popular author was able to cast her spell and land on the 23rd spot of the Best-Selling book list of the year with the novel.
If you still have not picked up, or finished The Casual Vacancy, we certainly encourage you to do so. Here is the synopsis of the novel:
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 facade 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?
You can check out MuggleNet Academia's last podcast with New York Times book critic, Lev Grossman, to find out why he and the rest of the Academia team absolutely loved the novel. To listen to the show, simply click here.
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