Who Do You Think You Are?
2021 sees all of Alice Munro's backlist reissued in a new, modern look. These editions will appeal to a broad range of literary readers
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
Previously published as 'The Beggar Maid'
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.
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.
Praise for Who Do You Think You Are?
A work of great brilliance and depth- Munro's power of analysis, of sensations and thoughts, is almost Proustian in its surenessNew Statesman
Alice Munro captures a kaleidoscope of lights and depths-she manages to reproduce the vibrant practice of life while scrutinizing the workings of her own narrative art-an exhilarating collectionNew York Times
She has a touch of geniusMail on Sunday
The best stories of the yearThe Nation
The stories are absolutely wonderful...every word she writes is interestingAlice Adams
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...the startling twists, the unexpected leaps in time, the transformation of familiar characters make the book what books ought to be, a little wild, a little mysteriousJohn Gardner