â€śRead, read, read. Read everythingâ€”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! Youâ€™ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, youâ€™ll find out. If itâ€™s not, throw it out the window.â€ť â€”William FaulknerÂ Light in August, a novel about hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality, features some of Faulknerâ€™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.