WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
**A BBC BETWEEN THE COVERS BIG JUBILEE READ PICK**
Previously published as ‘The Beggar Maid‘, Alice Munro’s wonderful collection of stories reads like a novel, following Rose’s life as she moves away from her impoverished roots and forges her own path in the world.
Born into the back streets of a small Canadian town, Rose battled incessantly with her practical and shrewd stepmother, Flo, who cowed her with tales of her own past and warnings of the dangerous world outside. But Rose was ambitious – she won a scholarship and left for Toronto where she married Patrick. She was his Beggar Maid, ‘meek and voluptuous, with her shy white feet’, and he was her knight, content to sit and adore her.
‘A work of great brilliance and depth… almost Proustian in its sureness’ New Statesman