Apr 1, 2024 - News

Getting ready for the eclipse in Arkansas: Read local fiction

Illustration of Earth wearing glasses and reading a glowing phone.

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

If you're looking to get into the mood for April 8, maybe read Eli Cranor's short story in the Arkansas Times (page 60).

  • "'The Gloam' — Cranor's engrossing new story about a bound-for-breakup couple hawking bootleg MAGA wares in London, Arkansas, during the town's eclipse festivities — debuts in our April issue," the Times' Daniel Grear writes as part of a Q&A with Cranor (also worth a read).

Between the lines: Cranor is a novelist who lives on Lake Dardanelle.

His two books — "Don't Know Tough" and "Ozark Dogs" — were named Best Crime Novels of the Year by the New York Times.

The bottom line: If you don't get to read the story this week, keep it in mind as a respite while you're stuck in interstate traffic after the four-minute event next Monday.

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