I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou is a beautiful story about overcoming abuse and hardships.
It was wonderful to watch the transition as Maya grew from a small girl of about 5 to a young adult. She made use of language as her tone and language grew with age. So many authors simply speak as adults into the past. I feel like Maya succeeded very well in speaking of the voice of a child as she grew out of innocence.
The book is so enlightening and interesting. She ended the story of her childhood in a remarkably beautiful and positive way.
I was amazed by what it must have been like to be a black woman during this era, especially when a dentist refused to treat her for being black. It’s one thing to know it happened in an abstract sense, and another to read clearly about someones experiences.
Maya Angelou passed away on May 28, 2014, may she rest in peace.