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The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
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Nov 07, 13

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Read from December 14, 2012 to January 15, 2013

This book broke my heart. Even though the setting is across an ocean, the statements Rowling makes about various social systems and the gulf between rich and poor could easily be applied to a number of locales. I taught high-school English in a city school for years, and in Crystal, I saw the exact life circumstances that so many of my students battled....often with similar results. The characters are the heart of this novel. They're honest, brutal, and meticulously crafted. I won't soon forget them.
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