The new book, titled The Casual Vacancy, will be released Sept. 27, according to publishers at Little, Brown & Co.
A synopsis quickly followed the announcement, “It opens with the sudden death of a popular man whose unexpected demise shocks the town. The battle for his seat on the local council sets off ‘the biggest war the town has yet seen,’ with rich people fighting poor, parents battling their teenagers, and wives in conflict with their husbands,” says The Miami Herald.
It is described as, “Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising” on Rowling’s personal website.
Rowling told The Huffington Post, “The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me.”