I reviewed Our Education by Lincoln Michel at the New Orleans Review. Big thanks to Editor Christopher Schaberg!
As microcosm of our society, Our Education by Lincoln Michel succeeds in drawing parallels between society and a school in which all the teachers have vanished. The narrator is one of the students stuck in the school, though he clings to the hope that he’ll be able to escape. His faith takes the form of an essay he’s been writing notes for even though there are no teachers to accept his work upon completion. No explanations are provided for the disappearance of the teachers, nor are we given many details about what’s happening outside the school. “I think that most of us believe that time doesn’t really exist outside of the school. Or at least we act like it does not.”