August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle of dramas makes perfect complement to, and perhaps a counterweight to, Faulkner's novels and stories about Mississippi. It's as though some of Faulkner's characters escaped and settled in Pittsburgh but brought with them the conflicts and emotions of their Southern roots. Often plays do not make good reading since they are meant to be seen, but Wilson's dialogues are so strong, realistic, and poetic at times that the play comes alive in the imagination, even without a physical stage. Moreover, The Piano Lesson is one of the best plays in the Pittsburgh Cycle. I like it even more than Fences.