ÒRead, read, read. Read everythingÑtrash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! YouÕll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, youÕll find out. If itÕs not, throw it out the window.Ó ÑWilliam Faulkner
Light in August, a novel about hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality, features some of FaulknerÕs most memorable characters: guileless, dauntless Lena Grove, in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower, who is plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen; and Joe Christmas, a desperate, enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry.