The Beggar Maid

The Beggar Maid

by Alice Munro


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The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro


In this series of interweaving stories, Munro recreates the evolving bond between two women in the course of almost forty years. One is Flo, practical, suspicious of other people's airs, at times dismayingly vulgar. the other is Rose, Flo's stepdaughter, a clumsy, shy girl who somehow leaves the small town she grew up in to achieve her own equivocal success in the larger world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679732716
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/25/1991
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 245,404
Product dimensions: 5.15(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published thirteen collections of stories as well as a novel, Lives of Girls and Women, and two volumes of Selected Stories. During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including three of Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards and two of its Giller Prizes, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, England’s W. H. Smith Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Man Booker International Prize. In 2013 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, Granta, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives in Clinton, Ontario, near Lake Huron. 


Clinton, Ontario, and Comox, British Columbia

Date of Birth:

July 10, 1931

Place of Birth:

Wingham, Ontario, Canada


University of Western Ontario (no degree)

What People are Saying About This

Maxine Hong Kingston

Magical and accurate. Alice Munro creates a world at once familiar and fabulous.

Alice Adams

The stories are absolutely wonderful -- every word she writes is interesting.

John Gardner

Whether Alice Munro's The Beggar Maid is a collection of stories or a new kind of novel, I'm not quite sure, but whatever it is, it's wonderful. The psychological a delight, and the startling twists -- the unexpected leap in time -- make the book what books ought to be, a little wild, a little mysterious.

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