Beloved- by- all Parish Councillor Barry Fairbrother’s sudden death is a major shock for the small community of Pagford, UK. There is now an official Casual Vacancy; a vacant seat on the city council, and a lot of people are going to fight over it…by any means necessary. Two “armies” are created, two opposite camp grounds, fighting over a seat on the city council, and therefore over the determining vote over the troubled area of “The Fields”. However, the candidates soon find their deepest, darkest secrets published on the Parish Council online forum and their lives are turned upside down.
Drugs, politics, false prudence, domestic violence, communities’ failure to protect their citizens are some of the major themes of the novel. Rowling proves that her talent is not limited in the Harry Potter series. This is not a happy book; it is not supposed to be one. If you are looking for a light-hearted story with a happy ending, it is not the book for you.
This is a painfully accurate story as far as small communities, social problems, and the human nature are concerned. A story that makes you think more deeply, and reminds you that sometimes we forget even the basic aspects of humanity.
The Casual Vacancy became the 15th best-selling book of 2012 during its first week of release, and later won the Best Fiction category in the Goodreads Choice Awards of 2012. In 2015 it became a mini series produced by BBC, and, in my opinion, it is one of the few novels that was so accurately transferred into the screen.