The "beggar maid" is Rose, a young woman from the wrong side of a small town. Given drive and ambition by Flo, her stepmother, Rose climbs the ladder of success...a university degree, love, a dream marriage. But Rose finds it's not what she wants. Success palls, the marriage fails. On her own and awake to her truest instincts, Rose achieves fame and fortune as an actress and media star. The greatest drama in her life, however, is a later confrontation with Flo. Alice Munro was born in Wingham, Ontario. She received Canada's highest literary prize for THE BEGGAR MAID.