In the novel, the unexpected death of Barry Fairweather leaves Pagford, the small town he lived in, in shock. Pagford appears to be a peaceful, serene town, but underneath that, it is a town at war. Fairweather’s death leaves an empty seat on the parish council, and this causes the biggest fight Pagford has ever seen.
Far cry from the flights of fancy that Harry Potter delivered and I wonder what the tone of Rowling’s new novel will be. “Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising” is the brief description, but that could mean anything. [via HuffPostBooks]