This book was hauntingly beautiful and strange to read.
Mariana Keegan was a literary student at Yale with a keen sense of life at a very young age. Mariana died in a car accident and this book shows what an awful loss it was for the whole world.
The Opposite of Loneliness is a collection of Mariana’s fiction and non-fiction stories. It is a touching tribute to a beautiful writer.
I found the stories to be engaging and terrific. I especially loved the fiction ones. You could tell that Mariana used a lot of her real life interactions to create these lovable characters in such a short period of time. I would have loved to read a full book of these characters that she created.
The non-fiction ones were a bit harder for me to connect with, but there were real and honest and very touching.
I also think that the family and friends that created this book did an outstanding job of creating this theme for a book from writings of a creative young girl who never meant to create such a theme. Its so interesting that her writings can all tie into this greater understanding of human nature and what its like to be lonely and also what its like to be the opposite of lonely.
I commend this family and friends for creating this art, because I cannot imagine how hard it must have been to create such a personal experience for everyone to read.