Author: J.K. Rowling
Category: Fiction, British Humor
Synopsis [c/o Barnes & Noble]: "When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.
With a humorous cast of characters faced with small town problems, it's very easy to relate to certain aspects of the novel, especially if you're from a small town yourself. While the main topic of conversation in Pagford is to get rid of the poorest section of town along with its drug rehabilitation center, there is much more to the level of animosity than that. The desire for power, to hide secrets, to rebel, or to present a front of perfection forces the characters into unpredictable confrontations.
While the novel is superbly written, and is definitely entertaining, be aware that it is decidedly English. There were some parts that I could tell were supposed to be humorous that I didn't understand, or colloquial terms that went pretty far over my head. Combined with a cast so large it can be difficult to keep track of, the book isn't perfect but it isn't horrible either. Could be a good read if you like intrigue and watching housewives get what's coming to them.