Of course, Rowling's Harry Potter series appealed to kids and adults alike, so she comes with a ready-made fan base for the new book, which is described as "blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising."
Here's a bit more from Little, Brown's outline of the plot: "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 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?"
Could the revelations include a bit of wizardry? I can already picture Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reprising their roles in tales of small-town mayhem -- "Hot Fuzz" and "Shaun of the Dead."
As noted earlier on Read Street, Rowling's Pottermore website recently made the HP ebooks avaliable for the first time.
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