Kiese Laymonâ€™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 thatâ€™s alternately funny, lacerating, and wise. The book contains two interwoven stories. In the first, itâ€™s 2013: after an on-stage meltdown during a nationally televised quiz contest, 14-year-old Citoyen Â“Cityâ€ť Coldson becomes an overnight YouTube celebrity. The next day, heâ€™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 Â“Long Division.â€ť He learns that one of the bookâ€™s main characters is also named City ColdsonÂ—but Â“Long Divisionâ€ť 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.Cityâ€™s two stories ultimately converge in the mysterious work shed behind his grandmotherâ€™s, where he discovers the key to Baizeâ€™s disappearance.