Book Review: The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
I hate to get all sentimental and shit about an NYT Best Seller, but this collection is pretty great. It’s a bummer that Keegan died young and unexpectedly because it would have been awesome to read more of her stuff. And to see how much more awesome her writing would get with age.
These essays and short stories are full of optimism, self-awareness, some darkness, idealism, and realness.There’s simultaneously universality and incredible specificity. Some are clearly fulfilling a school assignment– others not so much.
One of my favorite elements is that the introductions to her essays are brilliantly structured. It’s like there’s an explosion and its trails lead you into the topic and suddenly you’re just there.