The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation.

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 International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.

As her family, friends, and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News, “The Opposite of Loneliness,” went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. She had struck a chord.

Even though she was just twenty-two when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assem­blage of Marina’s essays and stories that, like The Last Lecture, articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.

Title:The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781476753614
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  • Lindy Loo

    This book infuriated me. I'm sure it has infuriated others as well, but given the circumstances (and tragic death) of its writer, I suspect most folks feel uncomfortable panning it. So I'll take one f...

  • Ariel

    I LEARNED SO MUCH FROM THIS BOOK!Let's do a good old fashioned pros vs cons:PROS:- A new found enjoyment in non-fiction! Essays are fun!- When Marina wrote about topics she was really confident in and...

  • Whitney Atkinson

    One of the best books i've ever read. Some of the most beautiful writing i've experienced. Some of these quotes gave me chills so bad I had to stop reading. A few of these stories lost my interest, bu...

  • Hank Stuever

    I was drawn to this book because of the tragic backstory and also because (this is a little embarrassing) I'm trying to understand the so-called millennial generation a little better than I think I do...

  • Raeleen Lemay

    I really enjoyed the first two stories, but the rest of them really fell flat for me. I LOVED the introduction and the speech "The Opposite of Loneliness", but most of the other essays were just fine....

  • Riley

    Wow these essays were beautiful. There are definitely a few I will go back to in the future and reread ...

  • eb

    This collection reads like what it is: the work of the most talented person in an undergrad writing class. ...

  • Katherine

    "We can't, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility, because in the end, it's all we have." Overall Rating: 2.7 out of 5 starsBefore the haters drink their Haterade and troll me for being an unfe...

  • Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    What beautiful talent and skill in such a young life. Her story, her words, peeking into her mind is heartbreaking but also hopeful and inspiring all at once. Though gone, her potential lives on in th...

  • Lesley

    In a perfect world, this book would have never been published because Marina Keegan wouldn't have died at age 22.There were a few decent stories and essays in here--writing that showed tremendous abil...