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Author Anita Abriel: The Light After the War

Newport Beach Public Library presents Anita Abriel, author of “The Light After the War,” in a special program on Wednesday, February 12, at 7 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room.

Orange County resident Anita Abriel (who also writes as Anita Hughes) will introduce her new book, “The Light After the War,” inspired by her mother’s true story of survival during World War II.  Abriel’s book chronicles the journey of two young women from Hungary, who escape from a train headed for Auschwitz and spend the rest of the war hiding on an Austrian farm.  As they grapple with the aftermath of World War II, their quest for a better life takes them from Italy to Ellis Island to South America and finally Australia.  It is a memorable tale of true friendship, love, endurance and survival, made all the more heartfelt because it was inspired by Abriel’s own family history.

Author Anita Abriel was born in Sydney, Australia. She received a BA in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from Bard College.  She currently lives in Dana Point, California with her family.

Admission is free. Seating is limited.  Books will be available for purchase and signing. This program is funded by generous donations from the Friends of the Library.

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