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A Father's Love: One Man's Unrelenting Battle to Bring His Abducted Son Home Hardcover – July 6, 2011
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“A riveting tale of an unusual abduction.” — Kirkus Reviews
“One engaging and bittersweet volume.” — New Jersey Monthly --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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In 1997 when David was working in Italy, he met a Brazilian woman named Bruna Bianchi Soon the couple fell in love. The two married and made their home in a New Jersey seaside community where David resided, and two years later in 2000, their son Sean was born.
Since Bruna's family was from Brazil, the couple would often travel there a few times a year. In 2004, Bruna and Sean flew to Brazil for a two week vacation. David was to meet them there the following week, but four days into her visit she called her husband David to say that she wanted a divorce, as well as full custody of their son Sean. Shocked and in a state of disbelief, for over three years David struggled to find someone to help him to get his abducted son back. He made several trips to Brazil to see his son, but was repeatedly denied access to the boy, except for occasional and brief telephone calls. Gifts and cards which were sent to Sean by his father were sometimes returned.
Despite international court battles and judgments, his wife refused to give up their son. She divorced her husband David, and she married a prominent Brazilian attorney named Juno Paulo Lins e Silva. In August of 2008, the unimaginable occurred when Bruna died giving birth to her new husband's baby. Bruna's new husband seemed even more determined to see that David remained out of his son Sean's life, and he petitioned the court in Brazil to have Goldman's name removed from his birth certificate after Bruna passed away.
David Goldman, however, had no intentions of giving up on ever seeing his son again.Read more ›
David Goldman is a role model for every father on this planet.
There are hundreds of similar stories out there, so what makes this one so special? To me it's:
--His wife, the abducting parent, died. If she hadn't, most of us almost certainly would never have heard of his case, nor is it likely that he would have ever seen his son again, or at least until he was over 18. Since he STILL didn't get his son back after her death makes his case even more unjust, in a situation (child abduction) where injustice is the norm. The flukiness of having a 32 year old woman die, in childbirth no less, lends the case an extra sense of drama, with unexpected twists and turns.
--He was fighting a powerful family who gave no consideration whatsoever to fair play: they just wanted to win, period. Thus there is a clear-cut enemy, whom it is as easy to root against as David is to root for. They told innumerable lies but the most unscrupulous act was trying to have David removed from Sean's birth certificate in Brazil. The best line in the book concerns this: we have ex-wives etc in Brazil but we don't have ex-parents!
--David's battle was fought in the mileau of the Brazilian justice system, a system almost Dickensian in its inefficiency and corruption. Although his court fight was mostly years of tedium and frustration, those courts were also populated with some incredible characters-judges utterly unconcerned with the law. The most vivid was a female judge who came into court in big sunglasses, presided over the court while being served by waiters as though in a restaurant, and who was completely unconcerned that she hadn't bothered to read the documents relating to the case.Read more ›
David Goldman thought that he and his Brazilian wife, Bruna Bianchi, had a good marriage and her departure for Brazil in June 2004 was a planned vacation. Goldman, in fact, drove Bruna, Sean and Bruna's parents to the airport. Needless to say, Goldman was shocked when Bruna telephoned him only two days after she arrived in Brazil to say that she was not returning. She told him that he had to come to Brazil and sign over full custody of Sean to her if he ever wanted to see Sean again.
Goldman took swift legal action to attempt recovery of Sean. He obtained a court order in New Jersey giving him temporary custody and then filed an action under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Parental Abduction seeking Sean's return. In 2004, Brazil had 66 American children who had been kidnapped by a parent. Brazil, although a signatory to the Hague Convention since 2000, had never returned a child to the U.S.
Goldman soon learned that he was up against formidable opponents. When Bruna died in childbirth (having married a Brazilian lawyer despite the fact that she'd never obtained a U.S. divorce), David thought that surely Sean would be returned to him. In fact, Brazil's law in that regard is the same as that in the U.S.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good story. But got a little draggy in places. To many ndepth detailsPublished 11 days ago by Sharon Bliss
I enjoyed this book and only give it four stars because some of it gets bogged down in bureaucratic and legal matters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by little lady
I followed this case closely when Dateline broke the story and followed to the end. Bravo to David. He went up against a VERY politically connected Brazilian family and up against... Read morePublished 17 months ago by James J. Varela
What this man went through to get his son back is so heartbreaking but amazing, he never gave up. Love this bookPublished 17 months ago by Brent Zirbel
I followed this story when it was going on and had to get the book. My heart broke for David Goldman. I am so happy he got his son back. Great book!!!Published 20 months ago by AIMEE D