How many times are the words "I love you" written in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings? Go count 'em, we'll wait. Back so soon? Yeah, we thought so. Love definitely isn't oozing out of the pages of this book. And because of that, our characters go searching for it—in sex, in religion, in acceptance. By becoming a mother, Maya will be able to give the love she never received—and we're pretty sure she'll finally feel it in return.
Momma is unable to express her love for Maya and Bailey in words, but it is apparent in her actions.
Love and sex are mistakenly conflated in this novel, but there's never really any sex with love in Caged Bird.