Alice Munro: Who Do You Think You Are?

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Alice Munro's fourth book, Who Do You Think You Are?, was first published in 1978 and nominated for the Booker Prize, while earning her a second Governor-General's award for fiction in Canada. It was initially published as The Beggar Maid outside of the United States after American publishers worried that readers would not be familiar with the phrase's use as a way of putting someone in their place. However, the themes of shaming and of questioning identity implicit in Munro's preferred title are central to Who Do You Think You Are?. Like her earlier Lives of Girls and Women (1971), the book features a set of linked stories that depict the life of a woman maturing from girlhood through adolescence in a …

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McGill, Robert. "Who Do You Think You Are?". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 July 2002
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