Ann Patchett

What Now

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Based on her lauded commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College, this stirring essay by bestselling author Ann Patchett offers hope and inspiration for anyone at a crossroads, whether graduating, changing careers, or transitioning from one life stage to another. With wit and candor, Patchett tells her own story of attending college, graduating, and struggling with the inevitable question, What now?
From student to line cook to teacher to waitress and eventually to award-winning author, Patchett's own life has taken many twists and turns that make her exploration genuine and resonant. As Patchett writes, “'What now?' represents our excitement and our future, the very vitality of life.” She highlights the possibilities the unknown offers and reminds us that there is as much joy in the journey as there is in reaching the destination.
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    Адаменкаhas quoted4 years ago
    What job will you apply for? What exactly are you qualified to do? When I graduated I knew I wanted to be a novelist, but where was the ad in the paper for that one? “Novelist wanted: should be able to stare. Light typing required.”
    Адаменкаhas quoted4 years ago
    I just couldn’t imagine living in a house with another person when so much of my life was spent sprawled across the sofa, eyes wide open, saying nothing at all.
    Адаменкаhas quoted4 years ago
    I can remember many times when the flight attendant would close up the door to the plane and say, “We’re going to Dallas” and someone would pop up from their seat and say, “What do you mean, Dallas?” Of course, this was not what had happened to me. I had gotten lost long before I ever made it to a plane.

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