WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE® IN LITERATURE 2013
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.
“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 leaps in time, the transformation of familiar characters — they make the book what books ought to be, a little wild, a little mysterious.” — John Gardner
“Her work felt revolutionary when I came to it, and it still does.” —Jhumpa Lahiri
“She is one of the handful of writers, some living, most dead, whom I have in mind when I say that fiction is my religion.” —Jonthan Franzen
“The authority she brings to the page is just lovely.” —Elizabeth Strout
“The stories are absolutely wonderful-every word she writes is interesting.” — Alice Adams