The Stolen Child: A Novel (Hardcover)

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The Stolen Child: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Ann Hood has outdone herself with her new novel, THE STOLEN CHILD. Three stories twirl around each other until they become one -- a grumpy, bitter dying man returns to Europe to right a wrong he committed during WW1; a young woman from Rhode Island decides to leave her tragic life and go to sunny Naples to meet a boy she barely knows at Pablo Nerudo's house; and an Italian man creates a Museum of Tears, finding tears in joy and hardship.  It's a story of children and parents, of loss and love, of art and what we leave behind, and a story about tragedy and redemption.  I blew through this book, unable to put it down as the parallel tales, told in a fractured timeline, coalesced into a lovely ending.  I just adored it!

— From Bill recommends

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.



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