What a sweet coincidence the evening of the day I release the novel that TV Ontario airs an indi movie about trains and the intertwining lives of people living in solitude - some by circumstances and some by choice.
A couple of the young folk stayed to endure the The Station Agent while snuggled at their usual spots on the sectional, performing quests on their electronic gadgetry. They may not admit it but I think they enjoyed the story since they made enough comments on the fact that this poor fellow who just wanted to be alone was constantly visited by other people!
Let us ponder about the difference between solitude and loneliness. We choose to exist in solitude if only for a few hours a day. It's important to have that quiet time, to reflect, strum a guitar, meditate or read. We don't choose loneliness.
In the novel The Year of the Rabbit, young Sera encounters loss and loneliness on more than one occasion. It started one Halloween night when Father Gio helped Sera's friend and mother escape an abusive home, spiriting them away onto a train. Her loneliness is briefly lifted with the birth of her illegitimate nephew. She finds comfort at the Red Hare restaurant and escape through reading many books harvested from the town library.