The Stolen Child: A Novel (Hardcover)

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AVAIL. 5/7/24

Be prepared to make yourself a chart in order to keep up with all the captivating characters you will meet in The Stolen Child. Start with an American WWI soldier in France and a painter. Add a woman who will accompany him, fifty-seven years later, back to France. . . on a mission to find out what happened to an abandoned baby. Finish in Naples with the Museum of Tears, an Italian’s cautious “recording . . . of human sorrow.” Experience the ultimate six degrees of separation as Ann Hood takes you back to the 70’s - TWA, Jim Croce, Roger Ebert movie reviews, Rice-a-Roni, Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy and Pablo Neruda. What a gem of a book!

- Mindy

 

— From Mindy's Recs

Description


An unlikely duo ventures through France and Italy to solve the mystery of a child’s fate in this moving, page-turning novel from “a gifted storyteller” (People).


For decades, Nick Burns has been haunted by a decision he made as a young soldier in World War I, when a French artist he’d befriended thrust both her paintings and her baby into his hands—and disappeared. In 1974, with only months left to live, Nick enlists Jenny, a college dropout desperate for adventure, to help him unravel the mystery. The journey leads them from Paris galleries and provincial towns to a surprising place: the Museum of Tears, the life’s work of a lonely Italian craftsman. Determined to find the baby and the artist, hopeless romantic Jenny and curmudgeonly Nick must reckon with regret, betrayal, and the lives they’ve left behind.


With characteristic warmth and verve, Ann Hood captures a world of possibility and romance through the eyes of a young woman learning to claim her place in it. The Stolen Child is an engaging, timeless novel of secrets, love lost and found, and the nature of forgiveness.



About the Author


Ann Hood is the author of a dozen books of memoir and fiction, including the best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most and The Knitting Circle, and editor of the anthologies Knitting Yarns and Knitting Pearls. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and New York.

Praise For…


This is a lovely story about two artists meeting in the midst of WWI, a missing baby, and an intelligent, lost young woman helping an old man fix the mistakes of his past. I loved Nick and Jenny from the moment I met them, and had all my fingers crossed that they would find not only what they were looking for, but themselves.
— Ann Napolitano, author of Hello Beautiful

Vividly peopled, intricately plotted, and gorgeously written, The Stolen Child is one of those all-consuming and big-hearted novels that explores what it means to be human – how to love, accept loss, transcend failures, and become the person you are meant to be. Reading Ann Hood  is like setting out on an adventure with a wise and trusted friend … you never want it to end

— Adrienne Brodeur, author of Little Monsters and Wild Game

[The Stolen Child] is compelling, skillfully told, and meticulously structured…A well-crafted, fast-paced story about how a single encounter can shape a person’s whole life.

— Kirkus (starred review)
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393609806
ISBN-10: 0393609804
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 7th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English