Cover Art Released for J.K. Rowling's Upcoming Non-Potter Novel

The jacket for "The Casual Vacancy," the author's first work for adults, nods to the book's election storyline.
Cover Art Released for J.K. Rowling's Upcoming Non-Potter Novel
Cover Art Released for J.K. Rowling's Upcoming Non-Potter Novel

Publishers have released the cover art for J.K. Rowling's new, non-Harry Potter novel, The Casual Vacancy, which hits shelves September 27.

The novel is Rowling's first aimed for an adult audience, and its cover shows only a marked ballot.

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Vacancy centers around the unexpected death of a resident in the fictional English town of Pagford, which seems idyllic but is fraught with social tensions. The dead resident had held a seat on the parish council -- hence the ballot -- and his death kicks off "an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations," according to publisher Little, Brown.

The novel is 512 pages -- no Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but plenty to keep Rowling fans burning the midnight oil.