The instant New York Times bestseller and publishing phenomenon: Marina Keegan’s posthumous collection of award-winning essays and stories “sparkles with talent, humanity, and youth” (O, The Oprah Magazine).
Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at The New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.
Marina left behind a rich, deeply expansive trove of writing that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. Her short story “Cold Pastoral” was published on NewYorker.com. Her essay “Even Artichokes Have Doubts” was excerpted in the Financial Times, and her book was the focus of a Nicholas Kristof column in The New York Times. Millions of her contemporaries have responded to her work on social media.
As Marina wrote: “We can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over…We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.” The Opposite of Loneliness is an unforgettable collection of Marina’s essays and stories that articulates the universal struggle all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to impact the world. “How do you mourn the loss of a fiery talent that was barely a tendril before it was snuffed out? Answer: Read this book. A clear-eyed observer of human nature, Keegan could take a clever idea...and make it something beautiful” (People).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We were deeply moved by this poignant collection of stories and essays. Although author Marina Keegan’s life was tragically cut short mere days after her college graduation, her undergraduate writings survived—and all of them convey deep wisdom and profound understanding of the human experience. We felt particularly connected to the realistic and relatable characters in Keegan’s fiction: young women who find themselves adopting a child as a single mother or starting a daunting life journey after college. Full of sensitive reflection and daring boldness, The Opposite of Loneliness is a remarkable reminder of the preciousness of life.
Everyone (esp. 20-somethings) need to read this book
I cannot even express fully how this book has impacted me, because Marina would have said it 1000 times better than I ever could. She somehow expresses every sentiment I could have about growing up, relationships, being a young adult, being loved, giving love, travel, curiosity, and just being a human being; she says it all in her intricate fictional short stories, to her extremely personal ones. She makes you feel like that is you in her own shoes. She makes you realize the preciousness of life and how important we all are, when we are seemingly so small compared to the rest of the world.. She was taken from the earth way too soon, but the amazing thing is, she impacted it before she left in such a short amount of time- I think in a way that is nothing short of outstanding & inspirational, something that speaks volumes about the human heart.
Beautiful and sad
It's so sad that this talented young lady died so young.😭😭😭😭
Such an amazing talent. What a wonderful read ... This is one of those books that will continue to haunt your thoughts long after you've finished, which is the best kind of book.