PRIDE’S CHILDREN IS A MODERN RETELLING OF THE BOOK OF JOB, IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
For some reason, I’ve always been angry about the Book of Job. It’s all very fine for God and the Devil to play games over Job, the righteous man. And, yes, I know it’s an allegory.
But when everything is tidied up, and Job is redeemed by his faithfulness, the Bible says everything is hunky dory, and Job has his wives and children and wealth back – but I always noticed the children were NEW children, because the ones he had before were all killed.
I’m sorry, but children are not replaceable widgets, and a lot of care and work and love goes into rearing the ones you have, and that loss was NOT fixable.
Even in Old Testament times. Even if they had to be stoical about the many losses in the ancient world.
I’ve always blamed it on the writer(s) of that particular book being male. So one of the things I set out to do was to show exactly what it means to pay the cost for being faithful. To God. To the ones you love. To your principles.
And my modern Job is a woman.