VG Kilgore Discusses Obedience

Ham is a man of passion and questions. He’s adored his wife, Lita, since he first saw her draped in her father’s fishing nets and threatened to leave with her if his father, Noah, didn’t allow the marriage. She becomes his greatest comfort when Ham is at odds with his father and brothers. When Noah claims their God has commanded him to build an Ark to escape a devastating flood, Ham worries about the construction stripping the land and the community’s ridicule of the family. He and Lita draw closer together as outsiders. They’re shocked when the rains come and the entire family is forced into the Ark, along with the animals that appeared. Confinement and uncertainty of fate amongst the refugees exaggerate normal family tension, rivalries and forbidden love. On land, they reject efforts to reestablish traditions, feeling independent and invincible, as those chosen by their God to survive and thrive. But for Ham, there’s tragedy and more doubt. Noah warns him he must yield his will, lest there be even graver consequences. Ham can’t imagine anything worse and careens down the path that forever links him with depravity and harsh judgment.

 

V. G. Kilgore’s father suggested she write a bible story about family, though the finished product wasn’t exactly what he had in mind. She consulted biblical and rabbinical texts and people of different religions about Ark legends and teachings in writing a hopefully thought-provoking story.
A former reporter and state bureaucrat, she spends her days at the pool, on her laptop or on the road, and as far away from a desk as she can manage.
She lives in an empty nest in Kentucky with her husband and pit bull and claims four children and three grands.

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