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Ariana was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She has been researching her family history, tracing people, uncovering untold stories and solving the mysteries of her father's past for over a decade.
Her memoir When Time Stopped (Scribner, February 2020, Argo CZ, May 2020, Les Escales FR 2020) tells her journey of discovery about her father’s unlikely survival after hiding in plain sight in Berlin during WWII and gives glimpses of the lives, hopes and loves of a family lost in the Holocaust.
Ariana studied History and French Literature at Tufts University and received an MA from New York University in Spanish and Latin American Literature. She also has a degree from University of London in Psychology of Religion.
She worked briefly in publishing and
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I love anything Joan Didion writes and 'The Year of Magical Thinking" is a favourite I have read many times. Isabel Allende's "Paula" is just stunning and so fraught with love and pain that it made me think twice about becoming a mother. I like the thoughtfulness and honesty in Dani Shapiro's writing and have read both "Hourglass" and 'Inheritance" in one sitting. I really enjoyed "Eat Pray Love" and "The Glass Castle". "Angela's Ashes" is just fabulous.

Of course, I couldn't possibly have written my book without having read Wiesel's "Night", Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning", De Waal's "Hare with Amber Eyes" and Sand's "East West Street". They are all heroes mine.

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Simon & Schuster's trailer about my detective story

When I was a child in Caracas, Venezuela I longed to be a detective. Inspired by Enid Blyton's characters, by Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown, I wanted a real mystery to solve.

What I didn't realise then was that the mystery was right in front of me, that I'd have to spend decades and cross continents to solve it.

The mystery was my father.

Here's a little trailer that Simon & Schuster ma... Read more of this blog post »
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Pablo Neruda
“If each day falls inside each night,
There exists a well
where clarity
is imprisoned.
We need to sit on the rim
of the well of darkness
and fish for fallen light,
with patience.

“Si cada día cae/If each day falls"
EI MAR Y LAS CAMPANAS. The Sea and The Bells.”
Pablo Neruda

Rainer Maria Rilke
“Things are not as easy to understand or express as we are mostly
led to believe; most of what happens cannot be put into words
and takes place in a realm which no word has ever entered.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Groucho Marx
“If you find it hard to laugh at yourself, I would be happy to do it for you.”
Groucho Marx

Oscar Wilde
“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Anne Michaels
“Important lessons: look carefully; record what you see. Find a way to make beauty necessary; find a way to make necessity beautiful.”
Anne Michaels

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