The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

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by Marina Keegan, Anne Fadiman (Introduction)

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 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 22 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 articulates the universal struggle we all face as we work out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.

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Book Condition

Used – Good




208 pages


April 23, 2015 by Simon & Schuster UK
First published April 8, 2014


Nonfiction, Biography, Essays, Memoir, Short Stories


Goodreads Choice Award for Nonfiction (2014),
Waterstones Book of the Year Nominee (2014)

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories


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