By now, I’m sure many of you have heard of J. K. Rowling’s surprise “secret” book! After the Harry Potter series, expectations were so high for another book, that it was almost impossible for her to publish anything that would live up to the series.
THE CASUAL VACANCY got mediocre reviews at best, even though it probably would have done quite well if an “unknown” author had published it. So, what did she decide to try? Writing a book under a pseudonym so there was no pressure.
THE CUCKOO’S CALLING is a crime novel published under the name of Robert Galbraith. Rowling has said she enjoyed being able to sit back and read the reviews and listen to the praise without all of the stigma that went with VACANCY. And while she was happy to keep the secret under wraps, it was a stealthy reviewer who put the information together (Rowling’s editor and publisher were the same for Galbraith0’s book), and decided it was too much of a coincidence.
You can read more about the book and Rowling’s reaction right here. And if you’d like to read the book, we have a copy in the library already. Drop by to put your name on the waiting list!