Annie’s Portion is an adventure, an epic tale of three unconventional, courageous women who beat the odds. Distinctly different, these Jewish women, each representing her own generation, narrate their personal stories of adversity, disappointment,MoreAnnie’s Portion is an adventure, an epic tale of three unconventional, courageous women who beat the odds. Distinctly different, these Jewish women, each representing her own generation, narrate their personal stories of adversity, disappointment, tragedy and triumph. Vivid settings and intimate dialogue bring their narrative to life.Sarah Tregorvich relates through the eyes of an eight-year-old a journey from an eastern European village to America, where she reunites with her family after a long separation brought about by her battle with a life-threatening disease.
An outsider in an alien world, Sarah defies the rancor of an embittered mother and fanatical father to create a divergent life outside the confines of her ultra-orthodox home. Finally liberated when she elopes with Bradley Kaufmann, her happiness is short-lived for she soon discovers her handsome, charming husband is an idler and womanizer. Following the birth of her daughter, Anne, Sarah leaves Brad and strikes out on her own.
Sarah’s transformation from shy insecurity to self-reliant success is a testament to the indomitable human spirit and sets an example for the following generations.Annie, Sarah’s daughter is ten when her parents separate, forcing her to become a self-reliant over-achiever who can’t stand losing.
But impulsive by nature she repeats her mother’s mistake, choosing marriage as an escape. Desperate when her manipulative husband, Paul Harmon is diagnosed as manic-depressive, Annie takes her children and deserts him. Searching for emotional, material and intellectual sustenance she endures painful periods of anguish, self-exploration and experimentation—engaging in risky sexual behavior and casual episodes almost to the point of self-destruction.
A three-year affair that ends badly leaves her jobless and broke in Rhode Island. When a friend tempts Annie to try Hawaii, she uproots her family once again, crossing a continent and an ocean to get there. Though content with professional acclaim and financial security at age fifty, she is destined to meet a horse and a cowboy. In love with both, she abandons Hawaii for the mountains of Colorado.Samantha, Annie’s only daughter has just begun her first year at Colorado State University when she learns of her mother’s impulsive marriage to a cowboy, Karol Longbranch.
At first upset and jealous she eventually comes to love Branch as a father. Sam’s friendship with his son Thad develops into a secret romance. In order to be closer to the “Bar L,” she procures a summer internship at the Junction Gazette and launches a career in journalism. Sam becomes interested in a government-run program that pairs prisoners with wild horses at a mustang refuge. Her series of articles on conflicting interests and the plight of the horses are widely read and inspire Annie to take a critical active role in their protection.
When Branch recruits two ex-prisoners as wranglers for the “Bar L,” the consequences are unexpected and life-changing for all.