“Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I’m begging of you please don’t take my man
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
Please don’t take him just because you can”
“Perfection is nothing more than a phantom shadow we’re all chasing”
This young contemporary novel is a delightful refreshing read. A portion of the novel was not based on being over weight or dieting, instead it spoke about mental limitations.
“I think maybe it’s the things we don’t want to talk about that are the things people most want to hear.”
― Julie Murphy,
Dumplin’ is not just about the protagonist, Willowdean Diskcson, it also breaches the gap between, making true friends or the wiliness to “like” by others, personal body image; anger issues;(Does anyone have a cherry flavor sucker?); financial divides; lose; acceptances; and so much Dolly Parton love.
Julie Murphy never tells us how big Willowdean, actually is, for this I am grateful. She explains this in detail in her Tumblr post when asked why she didn’t tale us the scale. If she did tell us in detail how “fat” Willowdean was it would only create a distance with the character immersion of her readers. What is beauty then? What exactly is overweight? What exactly is “being” FAT? Julie Murphy spoke about this very same
View Spoiler »Oh I almost wanted to strangle Willowdean Dickson, with love of course, when she couldn’t give Bo’ Larson the answer I so needed her to say out loud! Oh sweet child of mine just say it! Tell Peachbut how you feel! Ughs! I was even more hurt when he asked the second time, oh Will please don’t let that Peachbut go to waist! But oh how sweet was Bo’ to give her the time she needed? He gave her time to figure herself out, that’s so mature. None wants to enter a romantic relationship with drama at the front door! She was reminded me of the ending of every RuPaul Drag Race episode, when Ru says…
“If you can’t love yourself how the HELL can you love someone else. Can I get an Amen!”
Oh and that moment with the Zipper! The infamous Zipper!
Willowdean’s mama’s single most prideful moment is the capability to squeeze into her crowd winning Miss Teen Blue Bonnet dress ever pageant. Oh the delight I my heart felt when I read all those “Pee-lates” and “Spin classes” did nothin’. They had to use hardware to keep that dress on her. Ha. Zipper problems aren’t just a big girls problem, their everyones problem!
But that scene is so dynamically it brought it full circle in comparison of Willowdean and her mother feeling disappointed in Willowdean for not taking the pageant seriously by not committing to losing weight to fit the dress. The way Willowdean treated her mother with such tender loving care knowing how uncomfortable it is to not “fit-in” truly displayed the maturity Willowdean developed as well as her confidences to walk the ton in her “snug” red dress holding a bottle of apple cider by her side .
“I may be uncomfortable, but I refuse to be ashamed”
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“Find out who you are and do it on purpose. —Dolly Parton”
“Sometimes figuring out who you are means understanding that we are a mosaic of experiences. I’m Dumplin’. And Will and Willowdean. I’m fat. I’m happy. I’m insecure. I’m bold.”