The biggest news in the book world this week was the announcement that J.K. Rowling’s first book for adults will be published in September. The Casual Vacancy is described as a black comedy about the struggles that ensue in a seemingly idyllic British town after a popular city councillor dies — smart of her to explore a topic so different from the Harry Potter series. While not everyone is thrilled with the news, demand for the book will undoubtedly be sky-high. In fact, the British press have declared it the bestseller of the year before it’s even available to pre-order (which means that it’s not in the Library catalogue yet… but keep your eyes open).
My personal eagerly-awaited book for this year was Tana French’s Broken Harbour. It’s being released in July, but I was lucky enough to get the chance to read an advance copy and it more than lived up to my high expectations. Like her earlier books, it’s much more than a (really well-done) mystery – Broken Harbour goes to the heart of what family is, what a home is, and how fragile they both can be.