After reading this book, I cannot look at any photo of Rowling without seeing a face familiar with all manner of suffering, loneliness, and isolation. Although the casual vacancy is a political descriptor, the term seems to also describe the painful vacancy that exists casually in our relationships.
J.K. Rowling’s brutally honest adult fiction is worth reading for:
- a peek into (sadly ubiquitous) unproductive relationships
- Rowling’s gift for bending words like light into color
- the reminder that we usually don’t understand what we think we do about the source of problematic behaviors
- a dose of generosity for the marginalized
Some books can make us better people. It’s okay not to read them if we have alternative sources for insight…that we can utilize today.