Long Division

Long Division

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Kiese Laymon?s debut novel is a Twain-esque exploration of celebrity, authorship, violence, religion, and coming of age in Post-Katrina Mississippi, written in a voice that?s alternately funny, lacerating, and wise. The book contains two interwoven stories. In the first, it?s 2013: after an on-stage meltdown during a nationally televised quiz contest, 14-year-old Citoyen ?City? Coldson becomes an overnight YouTube celebrity. The next day, he?s sent to stay with his grandmother in the small coastal community of Melahatchie, where a young girl named Baize Shephard has recently disappeared. Before leaving, City is given a strange book without an author called ?Long Division.? He learns that one of the book?s main characters is also named City Coldson?but ?Long Division? is set in 1985. This 1985 City, along with his friend and love-object, Shalaya Crump, discovers a way to travel into the future, and steals a laptop and cellphone from an orphaned teenage rapper called...Baize Shephard. They ultimately take these with them all the way back to 1964, to help another time-traveler they meet protect his family from the Klan. City?s two stories ultimately converge in the mysterious work shed behind his grandmother?s, where he discovers the key to Baize?s disappearance.
Publisher: Chicago : Bolden, an Agate imprint, ©2013
ISBN: 9781932841725
Characteristics: 270 pages ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Long division


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Nov 08, 2019

An oddly, cleverly, brilliantly novel discussing childhood and race via time travel from the 1980s to 2013. The timeline "dance" takes a moment or two to adjust, yet once adjusted Kiese Laymon shows us a good view of country life for many of us brought up either in "the country" or brought up by "country folk." Being a son of a "country woman" who visited his grandparents in the South "country," I identified with the characters. The is a Good Read.

LPL_MeredithW Apr 28, 2018

If you're looking for a book that will make you say, "Wait, WHAT?" out loud while you're reading, then LONG DIVISION is the twisty, mind-bending, funny/sad book for you. I really enjoyed this one.


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