The Beggar Maid by Alice MunroRead about the other entries on the list.
What makes these stories about shy Rose and her rough-around-the-edges stepmother, Flo, so memorable is the complexity of the relationship at the heart of the book and of course, Munro herself. Even this early in her career, her singular vision is on display, her insight, her moxie. Inimitable. Is there a better writer of short fiction alive right now? Probably not. Has there ever been? Hard to say. Notable Story: “Royal Beatings.”