This book is the last in a series of 5 that has taken Maya Angelou from being a young kid in the South to a mature woman and mother living out her dreams in Africa. Maya's story combines so many elements of a good book- it has excitement, it touches history, it is philosophical, emotional - yet it is all true. One wonders as she comes into contact with the great figures of African and African American life, and as she contemplates the place of an African-American in the African dream, as well as the place of the Africa in the American dream.
Behind all of the great moments that do not happen in the lives of most people this story is ultimately human. She battles for the development of her son and herself as a woman, mother. She reaches a place of greater maturity and yet with these new skills with which to understand the world around her, comes the insecurities both trivial and profound, that she articulates in a manner that that brings the reader to empathise greatly as if Maya is holding up a mirror for the reader, to understand themselves with great warmth and courage.
The end of the other titles in the series were frustrating but this could be assuaged by the reading of the next, this last one leaves you satisfied by the experience, but bursting for more - surely the sign of a successful story and a great read