Based on her lauded commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College, Patchett's stirring essay 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, she 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. She writes, "What Now? represents our excitement and our future, the very vitality of life." Patchett highlights the possibilities of the unknown and reminds us that there is as much joy in the journey as there is in reaching the destination.