What Now? originally a commencement address that Ann Patchett published as a book

This is a short, feel good book, porblably published around 2008.

Ann Patchett is a wonderful author, who has published a number of novels including

  • The Patron Saint of Liars (1992)
  • Taft (1994)
  • The Magician’s Assistant (1997)
  • Bel Canto (2001)
  • Run (2007)
  • State of Wonder (2011).

What Now is a only about 100 pages, and it is mostly Patchett’s reflections on the moments in her life when people have posed that question to her. But the book is so much more than that.

it is the best answer I’ve ever found to the question of why look back, why pause to reflect, why go home or to reunions … “coming back in the thing that enables you to see how all the dots in your life are connected, how one twist of fate, good or bad, brings you to a door that later takes you to another door, which, aided by several detours — long hallways and unforseen stairwells — eventually puts you in teh palce you are now.” wonderful.

and then later in the book she encourages/admonishes us to “divest yourself of prejudice whenever possible.” divest yourself! eloquent.

the book is rich with ideas, language, turns of phrase.

go find it and give it a try!