‘Dumplin’’ Author Julie Murphy on Fat Positivity and Writing Queer Characters

‘Dumplin’’ Author Julie Murphy on Fat Positivity and Writing Queer Characters

‘Dumplin’’ Author Julie Murphy on Fat Positivity and Writing Queer CharactersDumplin’, Fort Worth author Julie Murphy’s tender and funny story about a reluctant beauty pageant contestant in a West Texas town, was a breakout hit—both the bestselling 2015 young adult novel and its 2018 film adaptation. Starring Jennifer Aniston and Danielle Macdonald, with a soundtrack by Dolly Parton, the movie was an indie favorite. Entertainment Weekly compared it to “a pillow cross-stitched with sassy aphorisms . . . kitschy and squishy and, if [you] let yourself, pretty sweet to sink into.” Now Murphy is back with Pumpkin, a novel set in Clover City, the same fictional West Texas town where Dumplin’ took place. The setup is similar to the first book: both feature a plus-sized teenager reluctantly competing in an event that usually upholds traditional beauty standards. While Dumplin’…View Original Post

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