Rose and her stepmother, Flo, live in Hanratty-across the bridge
from the "good" part of town. Rose, alternately fascinated and
appalled by the rude energy of the people around her, grows up
nursing her hope of outgrowing her humble beginnings and plotting
an escape to university.
Rose makes her escape and thinks herself free. But Hanratty''s
question-Who Do You Think You Are?-rings in her ears during her
days in Vancouver, mocks her attempts to make her marriage
successful, and haunts her new career.
In these stories of Rose and Flo, Alice Munro explores the
universal story of growing up-Rose''s struggle to accept herself
tells the story of our lives.