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About Lincoln Michel
Lincoln Michel’s fiction and criticism appear in The Believer, Tin House, Electric Literature, Unstuck, McSweeneys.net, and Oxford American. He is a co-editor of Gigantic, a magazine of short prose and art. You can find him online at @thelincoln and lincolnmichel.com.
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“An intriguing take on crime/noir writing, this collection of 40 very short stories by leading and emerging literary voices—Amelia Gray, Brian Evenson, Elizabeth Hand, Carmen Maria Machado, Benjamin Percy, Laura van den Berg and more—investigates crimes both real and imagined. Despite their diminutive size, these tales promise to pack a punch.” —Chicago Tribune, 1 of 25 Hot Books for Summer
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“The world presented in Michel’s admirable debut collection is similar to our own, yet twisted just enough to feel strange . . . Michel frequently knocks his brief bursts of prose out of the park.” —Publishers Weekly
“[R]emarkable . . . A strong debut.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Deadpan and life affirming, the stories in this genre-bending debut veer from an apartment complex for the suicidal to a ghostly artists’ colony to the innards of wild things.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“Michel’s writing is both approachable and inspiring. You read [these stories], and you want to write them.” —Lawnchair Boys
From award-winning author Lincoln Michel comes a surrealistic story that suffuses the past with modern twists.
His father bent on making him a true Spanish nobleman, romantic young Eduardo crosses the seas to join his bumbling, megalomaniacal uncle, Cortés. Once he arrives in the new world, Eduardo falls passionately in love with an Aztec princess yet still assumes his place as a reluctant conquistador, waging bloody battle against the natives. In this darkly comic adventure, Michel takes readers on a wildly imaginative journey past gigantic sea beasts, gold-gobbling Spaniards, and rioting Aztecs to create a thought-provoking glimpse of history and its true authors.
"So much of childhood fantasies are, from the perspective of a worry-prone adult, nightmares: running away, becoming an orphan, living in a boxcar. Yet the realities of such disorder eventually trump our desire for it; any kid who has tried to run away knows the feeling of getting half way down the block with a backpack and thinking, in a word, crap. This is the moment in which we find the narrator of Lincoln Michel’s tale of scholastic anarchy, 'Our Education.' He is trapped in a school from which the teachers have all disappeared, but in his case, there is no option to break the fantasy, to go home."
About Recommended Reading:
Great authors inspire us. But what about the stories that inspire them? Recommended Reading, the latest project from Electric Literature, publishes one story every week, each chosen by a great author or editor. In this age of distraction, we uncover writing that's worth slowing down and spending some time with. And in doing so, we help give great writers, literary magazines, and independent presses the recognition (and readership) they deserve.
About the Author:
Lincoln Michel's work appears in Tin House, NOON, Oxford American, The Believer, and elsewhere. He is a founder and co-editor of Gigantic.