Sandy's October 2012 pick
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Because the publisher did not release advance copies, no one was
able to review the book before its release, so I knew nothing about it.
Although I did know it would be nothing like Harry Potter, I relied on
the quality of that series in picking up her first novel for adults, and
I was not disappointed. I loved it! The story is terrific - in a small
English town, a member of the town council has suddenly died, and there
is a scramble to fill his place. As characters are introduced we become
aware of the deep divisions in the town (political and otherwise) and
how many secrets are kept. Her characters are wonderfully, richly drawn,
and very human (no Harry Potter-type heroes here), so true to life that
you know them. Several teenagers are prominent characters, so I
recommend the book to young adults as well.
put the book down. It's compelling, funny, and heartbreaking, an
explication of human nature and motivation, and just a great read!
P.S., my co-worker Ryan is about halfway through and loves it too.