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The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

The book for our March Meetup is The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling.

Here is a description of the book:

When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.

Seemingly an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

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  • ellen g.

    The meeting was wonderful.
    As far as the novel goes---I wonderful why they refer to it as a type of comedy? I liked the book and found the characters of the teens compelling.

    March 24, 2013

  • Brandi

    Didn't care for the book, really had to push myself to the end.

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Always great to see all of you. Still trudging my way through the book.....
    Great food!

    March 24, 2013

  • Ellen M.

    So fun visiting with you all. I always learn so much! Nice place to meet, too. I gave the book 3.5 but parts of it I really liked... Especially the way the song at the funerals connected everyone. That's where the heart of the story was.

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Difficult topic to read, well executed characters including their relationships, a bit gratuitous on the language (could have eliminated quite a bit and still made point of book); overall, I liked the book.

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello I was really looking forward to seeing all of you guys! I had surgery last week however and I am not allowed to eat or drink anything yet and I am just not sure I can take all the temptation. I did read the book. I found it hard to get into.

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry! I got called into work! I will be there next time!

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope to meet you ladies soon. Time just got away from me on reading the book.

    March 22, 2013

  • Linda L.

    Hi Ladies -- I will not be able to attend The Casual Vacancy meeting. See you next time. Linda Levens

    March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A descriptive and dysfunctional group of characters, was she inspired by Brit tabloids?

    March 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For April we had two ideas: One to read the second book in the poll in January which was Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story by Daphne Sheldrick. Our idea for the Love, Life, and Elephants book would be to meet at an African restaurant and according to a few ladies there is an Ethiopian restaurant in Tampa. http://ethiopianrestauranttampa.com/
    Our second idea was to read a book set in Spain or written by a Spanish author so we can go to the Columbia Restaurant. http://www.columbiarestaurant.com/
    I think we should post a few suggestions of books with Spanish themes and then vote on another poll.

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi -- did you discuss a book for April at the Feb. meeting?

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Menu looks interesting. I'm game to try it. Haven't started the book. Isn't this getting away from our trying to match book local to dinner, though?

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We spoke at the Feb. meeting and are interested in Carmel Cafe for our Casual Vacancy meeting.
    http://www.carmelcafe.com/

    3 · February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Found a few British style places in Tampa area:
    The Queen's Head in St. Pete, a little pricey.
    http://www.thequeensheadbar.com/
    Mad Dogs and Englishmen in Tampa off Macdill
    http://www.maddogs.com/
    Four Green Fields in Tampa off Platt
    http://www.tampa.fourgreenfields.com/
    PJ Dolans in Tampa off Bearss
    http://www.pjdolans.com/

    February 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I like Mad Dogs. There's also The Pub at International Plaza.

      1 · February 5, 2013

  • Peggy S.

    Dolan's on Bearss has good fish and chips (and malt vinegar) as well as an area that they can set up for a large group.

    February 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    1 · February 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think they closed, I drove over with my husband and no longer saw their marquee.

    February 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I did a google search and its says they are closed.

      February 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was referencing Toasted Pheasant since I didn't provide a point of reference.

      February 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How about Cheesecake Factory?

    February 1, 2013

  • Lea

    I was also thinking we could go back to the Toasted Pheasant on Dale Mabry.

    February 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Schedule conflict

    January 30, 2013

  • Gerene

    I've never been to Oxford, but hear it is a lunch only place.

    January 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ooh! tea and a book store!

    January 30, 2013

  • Brandi

    Oxford Exchange would be great to eat at for this-not sure if they do dinner for a private group. http://oxfordexchange.com/

    January 30, 2013

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