Gather Together in My Name (1974) is a memoir by African-American writer
and poet Maya Angelou, the second of her seven autobiographies. The
narrative follows Rita (Angelou) from the age of 17 to 19 as she becomes
closer to her mother and tries to provide for her young son, but
ultimately descends into a life of crime and misery. It expands on many
of the themes from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, including motherhood
and family, race and racism, identity, and education and literacy. Like
many of Angelou's autobiographies, Gather Together describes her ongoing
self-education. Though not as critically acclaimed as her first
autobiography, it is considered better written and received mostly
positive reviews. The book's title comes from the Bible, Matthew
18:19–20, and is meant to evoke loving relationships, in which adults
can be honest with their children about their past. Consisting of a
series of episodes loosely tied together by theme and content, the book
intentionally parallels the chaos of adolescence; some critics found
this structure unsatisfactory.
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