The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

“Marina Keegan’s story is a tragic one: five days after graduating from Yale with great prospects ahead of her – including a job at the New Yorker and a play to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival – Keegan was involved in a fatal car accident.

Although published under terrible circumstances, The Opposite of Loneliness is a celebration of the written legacy that Marina left behind, and the book’s greatness is in the hope that it offers.

Divided into two halves (starting with Keegan’s fiction followed by her non-fiction), the non-fiction stands out, as in the essay that lends the collection its name: “The Opposite of Loneliness”, Keegan’s last essay that was published in the Yale Daily News upon her graduation. Unaware of the international audience this essay would reach, Keegan wrote:

“What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over…We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have”. “

– Lucy on Tolstoy Therapy


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