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Long Division

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  71 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
A winsome novel-as-memoir about what happens to a young teacher left by her boyfriend to her own devices

Annie Harper is a twenty-four-year-old elementary school teacher when her soldier-boyfriend, David, is sent overseas. Determined to record her desolate and devoted hours, she begins a memoir that she imagines will be a tender homage to "all the women at home." Instead
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Plume
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Rachel Carr
Nov 02, 2010 Rachel Carr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow! If you are to read one book this summer this should be it! Long Division: A Novel by Jane Berentson was truly one of the funniest books I have ever read. One of those laugh out loud books! As we follow the life of Annie Harper we are not only amused but also enthused. This charismatic intoxicating individual has bequeathed herself with the task of tracking and documenting her life sans major
Nov 09, 2011 Xander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really kept me company on my flights to and from the northwest. I'm actually going to begin by pointing out several little "flaws": her vocabulary is unimaginative and often repetitive (how many times does she need to use the word ginormous); Annie whines with great frequency about how much she is whining--and eventually she convinces us that it's too much (I understand the reason for it, I just think it's overdone); ____ (I know there was one more fault that I'm blanking on now).
But t
I read Long Division by Jane Berentson because I received it for review from Plume (Penguin Group). It was not what I expected from reading the back cover.

Annie Harper is a third grade teacher whose boyfriend is deployed to Iraq. She decides to write a book about being on the homefront while he is away. Again, it wasn't what I expected--she does not socialize with other women whose husbands/boyfriends are deployed, she does not socialize with other girlfriends; she starts working on her book, an
Morninglight Mama
Jan 26, 2016 Morninglight Mama rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
What can I say about Annie Harper? Yes, she's a bit self-absorbed, but really, who isn't when they're young, not yet a parent, and in possession of a lot of down time? Her focus on herself is intentional, since the format of the novel revolves around her recordings of day to day life and feelings while her boyfriend is deployed to Iraq. I found Annie to be funny and self-deprecating, irreverent and profane at times, making me think we would have had fun hanging out when I was twenty-four! Slight ...more
Beth Gordon
Annie Harper's boyfriend leaves for the war in 2003. She decides to document her time without him in a memoir.

From my perspective, The Good: Set in Tacoma (where I live). The author uses a ramble-y, stream-of-consciousness writing style that I tend to take to. There's lots of detail that people like me enjoy reading. Engaging.

From my perspective, The Bad: A little TOO stream-of-consciousness. There's lots of footnotes with even more ramble. The main character is 24, but she seems about 12 year
Jan 31, 2011 Jaclyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
About what I expected. Wildly predictable, as these books tend to be, but with such an interesting narrator that I didn't mind the predictability at all. I loved this girl. I kind of wanted to be her friend. An interesting thing: Along the bottom of the cover, there is a line that says the book used to be called "Miss Harper Can Do it." Totally lame title. Good call on "Long Division," even if it's only mentioned once, and its relation to the plot is really sketchy. It's ultimately what made me ...more
Sep 08, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
I spent the first third of this book disliking the narrator. Whiny, self-righteous liberal atheist! But, as the story progressed her quirkiness became endearing and I grew to not only like protagonist Annie Harper but also to find her easy to relate to. In fact, were I to compose a memoir of my life I think it would mirror Annie's in many ways. Rather ordinary life, personal musings, negativity. Basically what amounts to word vomit. Got to say I found my personal diatribe interesting and therefo ...more
Oct 31, 2012 Anastasiya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a glorious guilty pleasure. I actually own a copy, which is pretty high praise for a book that's not a classic. The main character is relatable, her thought processes are familiar, and she's well-developed. Other characters are fleshed out as much as they need to be, which works really well for the medium (the novel is written as a diary/memoir). As far as easy reading goes, this is an adorable wacky delightful motherlode.
Jan 18, 2016 Janie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Janie by: a school teacher i follow on GR
Leave no ego unstroked. Leave no id unturned. This is a book of the age. We handle the privations of private life by making them Spectacle (in the Debordian sense).

A scintillating commentary on love, war, chickens, public school, and/in a time when journaling is show biz.

(Aside: The protagonist repeatedly bemoans others' poor grammar, yet showcases some of her own -- e.g.: misovercorrecting, she uses "home in on" where "hone" is what makes sense.)
Aug 04, 2010 Brenda rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
I probably would have quit reading this one but I had quit reading the two previous books that I started and figured I would tough it out. The book was okay but Miss Harper was definitely a whiny butt which grated on my nerves. The last 30 pages or so was better than the first part.
Jan 22, 2011 Dasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best I can say is that I didn't hate it. Couldn't quite get into it, and it got very bad towards the middle, but then the plot picked up, though the ending was... predictable. And yet, I enjoyed the writing style and humor enough to recommend it - others might like it vastly more than I did.
Laura Rizza
Jul 13, 2013 Laura Rizza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If it weren't for the footnotes, I probably would've given this book 5 stars. I don't know why authors do that. It was a bit distracting. But it was a cute, funny, light story. Identified with the character in many ways.
Dec 13, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, quirky story that held my interest because the narrator is adorable and I would totally be her bestie.
Caroline Paul
Good book, but I wouldn't read it again. Had some interesting twists and I enjoyed it but wasn't something I just fell in love with. It's one to get from the library rather than actually buy.
Oct 14, 2010 Linnet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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