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Marina Keegan’s life ended two years ago in a tragic car accident days after her college graduation. Her commencement essay in the campus newspaper went viral, drawing more than 1.4 million views. Many hailed the 22-year old as the voice of her generation.
Now comes a collection Keegan’s essays and stories, being published this week. Titled “The Opposite of Loneliness,” it marks a bittersweet milestone for the author’s family, friends, and academic mentors, all of whom have struggled with her loss. And yet, they say, what a gift Keegan has left behind. Not only in her written words – she also wrote plays, poetry, and literary criticism – but in her legacy of social activism and her fierce belief in leading a life of purpose, not privilege.