The Question and Answer section for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
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Bailey meets Joyce, a girl 4 years older than him (he is 11, she is 15). She lives with a poor aunt in town, and is very physically developed for her age. Joyce begins to hang about the store and runs errands for them, mainly to be around Bailey.
Joyce is a pretty minor character in the book.Joyce is Bailey's first love and first sexual encounter.She serves as a female coming of age encounter for Bailey and, by extension, the theme of growth and pain in the book.