By the age of 22, Maya Angelou has left home with her five year old son to live in rented rooms with cooking privileges down the hall.
But, in spite of her independence, her mother is always on hand to support her. And it's her support that gives Maya the courage to live her life with pizzazz
Read by Adjoa Andoh
Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall
A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.