There is genuine giddiness at Figment HQ right now. Downright giggles. And the reason? Little, Brown has officially released the cover for The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling’s latest novel, which will be released on September 27th.
The surprisingly simple cover of The Casual Vacancy has us asking one big question: What is that giant black X?
According to the (brief) summary by Little, Brown, we’re thinking it’s a vote. The novel opens with the death of Barry Fairbrother, a member of the parish council, leaving a vacancy on the council (get it?). This vacancy is anything but casual (we did it again!) turning the seemingly idyllic English town of Pagford into a war zone.
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. —Little, Brown
Plot, character, and cover art aside, the best part of today’s news: Little, Brown confirms the 512 page count.
Looks like J.K. Rowling plans to give us at least a couple days of respite from our continued mourning of our friend Harry.