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Essays and Stories

by Marina Keegan

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Goodreads Choice Awards Best Nonfiction Winner 

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.

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A triumph.

Keegan was right to prod us all to reflect on what we seek from life.

Nicholas Kristof

The New York Times

A clear-eyed observer of human nature, Keegan could take a clever idea...and make it something beautiful

People Magazine

This is a must-read for those who believe in the need for living each moment of their lives fully as if it is their last, for it may just be so. 

Best of 2014: Books with the International New York Times

The Hartford Courant

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A new voice of her generation.

What a gift Keegan has left behind. Not only in her written words... but also in her legacy of social activism and fierce belief in leading a life of purpose, not privilege

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The Boston Globe

Joseph P. Kahn

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O Magazine
The Oprah Magazine

"Her words soar... The Opposite of Loneliness... sparkles with talent, humanity, and youth. 

The Opposite of Loneliness. . . . . is insightful, self-aware, and full of all the hope and promise of youth. It will make you wish — for many reasons — that you could read more.

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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.

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Marina Keegan was a writer of short stories, personal essays, social commentary, poems, and plays: a literary pentathlete. She grew up in Wayland, Massachusetts. At Yale, Marina was an English major and a Writing Concentrator. Her words could make you want to shake your fist and march with her to save the whales, support the Dream Act, stand up for same-sex marriage, and elect the next president. Everyone who met her seemed to carry away a story. As a young graduate of her high school put it, “She turned a lot of people into who they are.”

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The Opposite of Loneliness  Collection 



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