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.
What I thought
This book has been high on my radar for a long time, so I was really excited when my library hold came in. Reviews seem pretty mixed, but I had a feeling I was going to love this & love it, I did.
Marina’s death was so tragic, and now having read this, it seems all the more tragic to me. She was so bright, and it shines through her writing. These stories & essays are ablaze with potential, and it makes me so incredibly sad that this is all we are going to have of Keegan’s writing. There was just an honesty & genuine candor here that I found incredible coming from someone so young.
Say what you will about why this was published (& by such a big-name publisher), but I truly thought that Keegan showed immense talent & I think it’s a damn shame that this world lost such a budding writer. She had such a way with words that after reading each story, I had to close the cover just so I could absorb it & catch my breath again.
Overall, I think this is an excellent collection & well worth anyone’s time. I need to actually purchase a copy of this so I can peruse it from time to time when I’m looking for something genuine.