Light in August is a novel that explores the lives of two visitors to Yoknapatawpha County: Lena Grove, a pregnant woman searching for the father of her child, and Joe Christmas, a man who appears white but is troubled by his black ancestry. As Faulkner’s tale unfolds he examines the interconnected lives of Lena and Joe. The story culminates in Joe being wrongly accused of murder by the father of Lena’s child, Lucas Birch. Neither character finds a happy ending in this classic narrative which explores race, class, identity, and life in the American South.

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