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The Beggar Maid

The Beggar Maid

As a child Rose had a hard life. Born into the hard back-street life of a small Canadian town, her mother dead, she battled constantly with her stepmother Flo, a practical and shrewd woman, who cowed her with tales from her own past and warned her of the dangerous world outside. Flo was both soft and hard, full of outrages and sorrows jumbled together. Rose was ambitious, determined and clever. She won a scholarship and left for Toronto, where she married Patrick, heir to a department store chain. For Patrick, Rose was his Beggar Maid, ‘meek and voluptuous, with her sly white feet’, and he, her knight, content to sit and adore her.

About the Author

Alice Munro

Alice Munro was born in Ontario in 1931. Her first collection of stories, Dance of the Happy Shades, was published in 1968 and won the Governor General’s Award, Canada’s highest literary prize. Her other work includes Lives of Girls and Women, which won the Canadian Booksellers Association International Book Year Award; The Beggar Maid, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, MarriageVintage Munro; and Runaway