Monday, May 18, 2009

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What Now?
by Ann Patchett

Book Review by Richard L. Weaver II, PhD.

Ann Patchett's book, What now?, is based on her commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College. There are several strengths that make me recommend this book without reservation. First, Patchett is a wonderful writer. Her use of language is straightforward, true, but it is delightful and image-stirring as well, and it offers great examples for young writers. Second, she adapts beautifully to her audience, and having been a student at Sarah Lawrence herself, she was able to bring numerous personal experiences to bear as she told her own story of attending college, graduating, and struggling with the question, "What now?" (from the front jacket) Third,, her address/essay offers hope and inspiration for people at the crossroads. It appeals to those just graduating, or, just as easily, to those changing careers or transitioning from one life stage to another. (Again, from the front jacket.) Although her conclusion is a universal cliche, that there is as much joy in the journey as there is in the destination, the context of the writing --- and Patchett's language --- renders it truly outstanding. It's a short read, but it is a worthwhile and satisfying read.


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