Saturday, June 18, 2016
Dumplin', by Julie Murphy
I enjoyed Murphy's sophisticated take on body self-image. I also liked the complexity of the relationships in Willowdean's life (whether with Bo, her BFF El, friend Mitch, or her mother). But the story was cluttered with characters and subplots, and it suffered from its ambition. Concepts like Will's love of Dolly Parton or the rather crucial loss of Will's beloved aunt seemed buried amidst so many less-important threads. Thus, this was a near miss -- many wonderful ideas, but imperfectly realized.