Angelou and De Feu part amicably, after failing to find a home in California that suited them both and their marriage. Angelou writes about their marriage and divorce in a published essay, A House Can Hurt, a Home Can Heal:
I gave my ex-husband the Bay Area–I gave him San Francisco and Oakland and the hills and the bays and the bridges, and all that beauty. And I moved to North Carolina. I thought I’d find a small, neat little bungalow and I’d step into it and pull its beautiful walls around my shoulders. I thought that was very poetic, and that way I would just sort of muddle through the rest of my life.