Title Profile & Character Information

Light in August

Annotation

"Read, read, read. Read everything--trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window." --William Faulkner

Light in August, a novel about hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality, features some of Faulkner's 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.



Characters
NameChristmas, Joe
GenderMale
OccupationLaborer
TraitsBi-racial
Illegitimate
Orphan
Drifter

GenreClassic
Literary
Southern fiction
Psychological
Fiction
TopicsAdoption
Child abuse
Hardship
Murder
Fugitives
SettingMississippi
Rural