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 75%
challenging 66%
funny 66%
mysterious 66%
emotional 58%
reflective 58%
dark 33%
tense 33%
hopeful 25%
inspiring 16%
informative 8%
lighthearted 8%
sad 8%


fast 50%
medium 33%
slow 16%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 60% | A mix: 40%

Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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