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Finding Fernanda

Finding Fernanda by Erin Siegal
May 15, 2012 | 312 Pages
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“Reads like a mystery novel, but the facts it reveals are hauntingly true…. Siegal does a fantastic job of breaking down a complicated story…Finding Fernanda is a gripping read that offers glimpses of hope in what was an otherwise heartbreaking system.”—The Christian Science Monitor

“Oh, what a story. It is hard to believe that such things go on in this world of ours, but Erin Siegel has woven a lively, well-researched and cautionary tale that is a must-read…”—Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, Author of New York Times best seller, Carved In Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife

“Erin Siegal peels back layers of deception to reveal a twisting and engrossing saga of two deeply wronged mothers and the girl they both claimed. Her brave account is chilling, and should be required reading for policymakers and anyone who cares about children.”—E. Benjamin Skinner, 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Author, A Crime So Monstrous: Face-To-Face With Modern-Day Slavery

“Fernanda’s story carries us into the darkest regions of the human heart… Erin Siegal has written a saga of seduction and betrayal so sinister that anger pushes you from page to page. Rarely has an investigative reporter unveiled so compelling a narrative of motherhood from Guatemala to Tennessee.”—Wayne Barrett, investigative journalist and author of Trump: The Deals and the Downfall and Rudy!: An Investigative Biography Of Rudy Giuliani

“Really will tug at your heartstrings… A moving story.”—Dan Raviv, CBS Radio News

“Heavy-duty investigative reporting and compelling personal testimony…”—The Miami Herald

Finding Fernanda is an incredible piece of investigative journalism. The amount of time, depth of research and commitment to this story is evidenced on every page of this book. The book is a page turner and a jaw dropper as the evidence of corruption runs deep and the story unfolds. Siegal should be commended for her bravery in bringing this story to light in the hopes that adoption processes will be improved to protect both children and families. Siegal took a courageous step to bring this story forward. It is my hope that with this story available for every government official, prospective adoptive parent and anyone involved in adoption to see positive changes can be made to protect children. Finding Fernanda is a must-read.”—Adoption Today
“‎Finding Fernanda may be the most illuminating book about abuses in international adoptions yet written. This is not just fearless public service journalism, but also a moving, acute, gracefully-written work of story-telling. Erin Siegal is an extraordinary young journalist.”—Francisco Goldman, author of Say Her Name and The Art of Political Murder

Table Of Contents


Notes on Sources

Dramatis Personae

1. Choices
2. Please Say Yes
3. Beginnings
4. The Last Emanuel
5. A Pretty Little Girl

6. David and Goliath
7. “Are We Ready for a Fall?”
8. Risk Versus Reward
9. Gone
10. Dealing with the Devil
11. Fundación Sobrevivientes

12. Revelation
13. Two Mothers, No Answers
14. Hogar Luz de María
15. Custody
16. The Perfect Crime
17. Moving Forward

Additional Notes on Sources
About the Author

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