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The Casual Vacancy
by J.K. Rowling

Published: 2012-09-27
Hardcover : 512 pages
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When Barry Fairbrother 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...
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Introduction

When Barry Fairbrother 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 town’s 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? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

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How drugs can affect everyone around you.
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Did you find any solutions for the Fields residents?
by judejudy (see profile) 03/06/13

The signifigance of Krystal's name is important. She is a prism through which other characters' negative and positive characteristics are revealed. How did this effect the book's ending?
by Teamvargo (see profile) 11/14/12

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Use a character map!
by AmyStamper (see profile) 02/10/14
There are a lot of inter-related characters and it can be hard to keep them straight, especially at the beginning. Some members had better luck with the audiobook version.
Too boring for me
by lnavarette (see profile) 12/15/13
Everyone has to decide for themselves.
J K Rowling took us into a drug family\\\'s life and left us there.
by judejudy (see profile) 03/06/13
J K Rowling founded Lumos, which works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.
skip it
by momandme (see profile) 01/15/13
Re read Harry Potter don't waste your time or money on this book!

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  "The Casual Vacancy"by AmyStamper (see profile) 02/10/14

This is a complex book about a very insular group of flawed people. The characters are very-well drawn but not very likable for the most part. I enjoyed this book but a lot of people I know did not.

 
  "Too Boring"by lnavarette (see profile) 12/15/13

This book was very boring, there were too many characters, and I found it hard to follow.

 
  "Expected more."by teatime (see profile) 05/28/13

 
  "Couldn't even finish the book"by Stacie621 (see profile) 05/21/13

This is one of the few books that I just stopped reading. I ended up paying the maximum fine at the library & just returning it without even finishing the book. It was so boring! It was also filled with... (read more)

 
  "Go back to Harry Potter, JK! You were good at that."by anderson2 (see profile) 04/08/13

Nothing to speak of. If it weren't for her name, I doubt it would ever have been published. Unremarkable.

 
  "The Casual Vacancy"by judejudy (see profile) 03/06/13

As most everyone says, this book is slow to start. I was determined to finish it. I kept wondering when I would enter the part of the book where J K Rowling's unbelievable imagination takes ... (read more)

 
  "Casual Vacancy - Did Not Like At All"by Rogena (see profile) 03/05/13

 
  "Don't bother"by erowen (see profile) 02/24/13

I had high hopes and was shocked at how bad this book was. Everyone was corrupt and I hated the ending.

 
  "The Casusal Vacancy"by CrystalB (see profile) 01/24/13

I thought, like many others, this book was slow to start. There were many characters, so there was a lot of backstory that had to be explained. But once I got into part 2 of the book, I thought, it started... (read more)

 
  "Disappointing"by momandme (see profile) 01/15/13

The Ivy Book Club - Frederick Maryland,
The consensus was the same - disappointed! Too many characters - and no one for us to root for. Everyone was morally corrupt and without any redeemi
... (read more)

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