The Casual Vacancy
by J.K. Rowling
Meet the residents of Pagford, a small English town that believes itself to be an ideal English village. The sudden death of Barry Fairbrother, a member of the Pagford Parish Council, throws Pagford in a tailspin. The Pagford Parish Council had been at war over "The Fields" - a housing estate located outside of town. The Fields, and who is responsible for it, is the controversial issue at hand. Old Pagford would like to pretend it doesn't exist, and hand off responsibility to the nearby town of Yarvil. Others in Pagford believe that The Fields and its residents deserved an equal chance in life, and why should Pagford help them?
Barry's death means there is a spot open on the council, and the opposing factions begin clamoring to have their candidate elected.
Under the idyllic surface of Pagford, the residents are motivated by their own agendas. The story is dedicated to delving into their thoughts and following the consequences of their actions, for better or for worse.
I still can't decide if I liked this or not. I never felt the urge to put it down, but many of the characters are unlikable and have few redeeming qualities.
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Review by Cara