The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
(Scribner, 2014, 240 pages)
Marina Keegan had just graduated from Yale when she was killed in a car accident. She had already established herself as a writer on campus and had already been hired on at The New Yorker when her life was cut short. This collection of short stories and essays was compiled with the help of her parents and a few trusted teachers (including noted professor and prolific writer Harold Bloom) to best represent who Keegan was as a person and as a writer. I really enjoyed this slim collection and I think it might be most “accessible” to those between college-age and 35 simply because you’re inclined to reflect on the things she’s writing about and her voice is that of a 22 year old college graduate; but any reader would be able to appreciate the work itself.
I spent a fair amount of time reflecting on how much Keegan managed to accomplish in such a short period of time. You could tell she was an intelligent young woman and would most certainly have made a name for herself had she been given more time. I’m glad I picked this up.