"That show’s in Mottson this week"

In the map of Yoknapatawapha which Faulkner drew and published in Absalom, Absalom! (1936), Mottson, referred to as Mottstown in other novels, lies directly south of Jefferson. It is usually equated with Water Valley, a city in Yalobusha County roughly 17 miles below Oxford.


Aerial view of Water Valley
Public DomainAerial view of Water Valley - Credit: Google maps
Road to Water Valley
Creative Commons AttributionRoad to Water Valley - Credit: skippytpe

View one of the several maps Faulkner drew of Yoknapatawapha here.

Google Map