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Lessons: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

The Opposite of Loneliness Marina Keegan

I just finished Marina Keegan’s The Opposite of Loneliness – a collection of essays and short stories written by a Yale graduate whose life was cut tragically short after an automobile accident.

This book was compiled after the author’s death and captures her thoughts at the end of her university career, as well as and many  insightful short stories. The book’s title essay, “The Opposite of Loneliness”, spreads light on the familiar feeling of leaving university – of leaving behind what were most likely the most inspirational years of one’s life and moving into the unknown. The essay reminded me so much of a time that I took for granted… I really wish I’d read it years ago!

This collection of stories took me all over the world – Keegan’s creativity was shocking as she wove intricate tales in a variety of unexpected places. The result is as inspirational as it is heartbreaking – I wish that she could have had a chance to continue writing and explore life after university. Though her life was short, Keegan had an incredible voice and creative spirit. This collection is worth checking out.


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