Long Division by Kiese Laymon

Long Division

Kiese Laymon

fiction science fiction adventurous challenging funny medium-paced

276 pages | first published 2013


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 interwove...

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adventurous 83%
challenging 83%
funny 66%
mysterious 50%
reflective 50%
dark 33%
emotional 33%
hopeful 16%
informative 16%
inspiring 16%
tense 16%


medium 50%
slow 33%
fast 16%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 100%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 25%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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