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.
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.
Hometown:Clinton, Ontario, and Comox, British Columbia
Date of Birth:July 10, 1931
Place of Birth:Wingham, Ontario, Canada
Education:University of Western Ontario (no degree)
What People are Saying About This
Magical and accurate. Alice Munro creates a world at once familiar and fabulous.
The stories are absolutely wonderful -- every word she writes is interesting.
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 precision...is 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have read this collection about once a year since I discovered it in 2002. It could possibly fall into that category of "favorite book" if I were able to confess to having such a thing.
The Beggar Maid is a collection of short stories about the same characters, Rose and Flo, and if there is one central character it would have to be Rose. It follows Rose from her working-class Canadian childhood through adulthood which includes everything from anonymous suburban marriage and motherhood to being a famous TV personality.
It's hard for me to even say why I love this book so much, except to say it's probably the most real book I have ever read.
A wonderful collection of linked short stories. I think it's Munro's best work.
This is one of those books that I will go back to for the rest of my life. I first read it in my early 20s, and since then I have been picking it up and reading bits of it whenever I needed a lift. If I make it to old age, this will be one of the books that I bring to the nursing home with me. I love how these stories follow Rose through the course of her life - from childhood beatings through to affairs, divorce, children, and middle age. Munro is fantastic at creating plot within each story, but also on a larger scale throughout the collection. Her writing is beautiful and she is a brilliant psychologist and philosopher making so many astute statements about life and people. I love how everyday moments and details become so revealing and important in her work. I highly recommend this book.