The Casual Vacancy cover, with J.K. Rowling (inset)
Little, Brown and Company; Inset:Landov
07/03/2012 AT 12:00 PM EDT
Judging a book by its cover, J.K. Rowling is indeed making her transition from Harry Potter
to adult (or should we say Muggle?) fiction.
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
released the cover of her latest literary endeavor
, The Casual Vacancy
, a departure
from the world of boy wizards and wands that captivated fans of all ages.
In keeping with the theme of the novel, which follows a parish council election in a small English town called Pagford, the cover is simple and solid in color. Instead of whimsical depictions of Hogwarts and Harry, the only visual on the book front is what appears to be a marked ballot against a red background.
Described as "a big novel about a small town," Rowling tells the story of "the biggest war" to rock Pagford, sparked by an empty seat on the council – mayhem without the magic.
Behind the cover: 512 pages, which will arrive in bookstores Sept. 27.
Are you excited to get your hands on a copy? Sound off on the cover and the contents in comments below!