Got it! A first-edition hardback of “The Casual Vacancy,” by J.K. Rowling, published in the U.S. and Great Britain this week. The 503-page tome comes with a cover price of $35 ($36.99 in Canada), but Walmart has it on deep discount at $24.50.
The Casual Vacancy may signal a turnaround for quality in popular fiction. Where can it go but up, after “Hunger Games“ and “Fifty Shades of Grey?” Talk about your lowest common denominator!
I plan to do one of my serialized book reviews for Casual Vacancy, with updates posted every few days, as I read.