The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

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The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

by Marina Keegan
Introduction by Anne Fadiman

Scribner | April 8, 2014 | Hardcover

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories is rated 3.3333 out of 5 by 3.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.9 in

Published: April 8, 2014

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 147675361X

ISBN - 13: 9781476753614

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book amazing book!!! everyone should read it!
Date published: 2014-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book will become iconic This book truly makes me feel old. Which neither criticizes it nor denies Marina Keegan's obvious talent. But the perspective of her characters, especially those closest in age to her, is to me so utterly alien that I recognize - for the first time in any book - the existence and eventual dominance of a generation younger than my own. The reflections of this young woman on the frailties of life and our common mortality takes on an eerie quality on account of her own untimely death. There is an uncommon introspection present in these pages, and an adventurous literary pursuit of quotidian concerns. It's all quite spellbinding. Keegan's nonfiction works are weaker than her inventions but the abundant quality of her writing never suffers.
Date published: 2014-04-19

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The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

by Marina Keegan
Introduction by Anne Fadiman

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.9 in

Published: April 8, 2014

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 147675361X

ISBN - 13: 9781476753614

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The Opposite of Loneliness We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life. What I’m grateful and thankful to have found at Yale, and what I’m scared of losing when we wake up tomorrow after Commencement and leave this place. It’s not quite love and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together. Who are on your team. When the check is paid and you stay at the table. When it’s four A.M. and no one goes to bed. That night with the guitar. That night we can’t remember. That time we did, we went, we saw, we laughed, we felt. The hats. Yale is full of tiny circles we pull around ourselves. A cappella groups, sports teams, houses, societies, clubs. These tiny groups that make us feel loved and safe and part of something even on our loneliest nights when we stumble home to our computers—partnerless, tired, awake. We won’t have those next year. We won’t live on the same block as all our friends. We won’t have a bunch of group texts. This scares me. More than finding the right job or city or spouse, I’m scared of losing this web we’re in. This elusive, indefinable, opposite of loneliness. This feeling I feel right now. But let us get one thing straight: the best years of our lives are not behind us. They’re part of us and they are set for repetition as we grow up and move to New York and away from New York and wish we did or didn’t live in New York. I p
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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.

About the Author

Anne Fadima is the editor of The American Scholar, Recipient of a National Magazine Award for Reporting, she has written for Civilization, Harper's, Life, and The New York Times, among other publications. She lives in New York City.

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