A Song Flung Up to Heaven

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Maya Angelou

Narrated By: Maya Angelou

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: April 2002

Duration: 4 hours 43 minutes


The culmination of a unique achievement in modern American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

A Song Flung Up to Heaven opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X. But first she has to journey to California to be reunited with her mother and brother. No sooner does she arrive there than she learns that Malcolm X has been assassinated.

Devastated, she tries to put her life back together, working on the stage in local theaters and even conducting a door-to-door survey in Watts. Then Watts explodes in violence, a riot she describes firsthand.

Subsequently, on a trip to New York, she meets Martin Luther King, Jr., who asks her to become his coordinator in the North, and she visits black churches all over America to help support King’s Poor People’s March.

But once again tragedy strikes. King is assassinated, and this time Angelou completely withdraws from the world, unable to deal with this horrible event. Finally, James Baldwin forces her out of isolation and insists that she accompany him to a dinner party—where the idea for writing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is born. In fact, A Song Flung Up to Heaven ends as Maya Angelou begins to write the first sentences of Caged Bird.


  • Peggy Stortz

    While no one can deny Angelou's remarkable talent, there's no theme to this book. I would only recommend it if you love Angelou and have already read all of her other books.

  • Sabrina Lightfoot

    Maya continues to capture my heart and spirit as she tells the story of her life. Her struggles and the infamous figures she has known throughout. She is amazing and her ability to share her life's story with us is her greatest gift of all.

Song Flung Up to Heaven

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