Posted on 09/01/2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

J.K. Rowling's latest Cormoran Strike novel (written under the name Robert Galbraith) is grabbing headlines, but not for the reason one might expect.

It turns out that The Ink Black Heart, which came out Tuesday, is reminding a lot of readers of some of Rowling's more controversial comments.

The book features a cartoonist whose popularity is abruptly reversed by a piece of work seen as racist, ableist ... and transphobic.

Rolling Stone notes that the character, like Rowling, has photos of her home posted online, in addition to being harassed online, physically threatened, and ultimately murdered.

Rowling, however, insists that the draft of The Ink Black Heart was complete before she herself experienced much of the backlash she's received for her own comments about transgender people.

Twitter, of course, has a variety of opinion on the matter, with dueling hashtags: #IStandWithJKRowling and #ICantStandJKRowling.

Early critical reviews, for their part, were distinctly cool, according to Rolling Stone.

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