I'm looking for a word for a child who was cast out, cast aside, ignored or discriminated against relative to other children, but ended up succeeding despite it all.
Used in a sentence:
Alice winced at the mention of Bob's name. Hearing strangers extolling her _________ brought more pain than even the thought of him lying half-dead in some ditch, before he had returned.
- Could be either a noun, or an adjective you can place before "son" or "daughter".
- Didn't really have a good search term for thesauri (I tried thesaurus.com with "successful bastard" and "successful orphan")
- Doesn't matter if it's a gendered expression or not.
- I don't have obvious criteria for choosing the best word.