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  • Insomnia
  • Author: Stephen King
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Year: 1994
  • Country: US
  • 663 pages
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Ralph Roberts has a problem: he isn't sleeping so well these days. In fact, he's hardly sleeping at all. Each morning, the news conveyed by the bedside clock is a little worse: 3:15...3:02...2:45...2:15. The books call it 'premature waking'; Ralph, who is still learning to be a widower, calls it a season in hell. He's begun to notice a strangeness in his familiar surroundings, to experience visual phenomena that he can't quite believe are hallucinations. Soon, Ralph thinks, he won't be sleeping at all, and what then? Sleep deprivation carries a price as he begins to hallucinate. As his nights become shorter, his visions become more terrifying, and yet more real.

Qvamp says:

This book contains a character named Gretchen, who is a very feminine and beautiful woman,
and also a lesbian. She is the head of a women's health clinic. Her character isn't very fully explored, but one of the main characters of the
book is Helen, who in the end, after leaving her abusive husband, becomes a lesbian. Her character is portrayed very positively.

There is also a gay male character in 'Insomnia', named Bill. Bill is overall a positive character, although he has some nasty character traits - but then again, that's King; King doesn't write perfect people.

(review from JessWorks).

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