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Song for the Special

Finding words for the opposite of loneliness

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Like too many writers and artistic voices before her, Marina Keegan left too soon. Five days after graduating magna cum laude from Yale, Keegan—who had a play to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at The New Yorker—died in a car accident at age 22. Her last essay, and the title of her posthumous collection, “The Opposite of Loneliness” went viral, receiving more 1.4 million hits after being published in The Yale Daily News. Despite her age, Keegan left behind a treasure trove of prose that captures her generation’s hopes, uncertainties, and possibilities. The Opposite of Loneliness (Scribner, April 8), a book in which Publishers Weekly declares that Keegan “brings self-awareness to…

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