Stop what you’re doing (or at least take a break), and add this book to your reading list: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan.
Marina Keegan had a bright writing future ahead of her when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She wrote a play that was awaiting production at the New York International Fringe Festival and a full-time job at the New Yorker. However, things took a tragic turn when, just five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.
While her friends, family, and classmates planned a memorial service for Marina, her last essay for the Yale Daily News, “The Opposite of Loneliness,” went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits.
She was only twenty-two when she died, but Marina left behind a rich collection of work that captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is a collection of essays and short stories that articulate 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.
If you’re in your twenties, this collection should be at the top of your reading list. I’m halfway through it, and I already feel so affected by her work. She was such a talent, and The Opposite of Loneliness only proves that she was destined to be a published author.