Dolly Parton recently published her first novel, written with the prolific bestselling author James Patterson, Run, Rose, Run on March 7. It tells the story of AnnieLee Keyes, a young aspiring country musician, who shows up in Nashville with a powerful voice and a mysterious past. When retired country music icon Ruthanna Ryder takes her under her wing, AnnieLee’s star begins to rise. But her past catches up with her and threatens to ruin everything.
I’ve been listening to the audiobook, which features a full cast, for the pleasure of hearing Dolly Parton voice the part of Ruthanna Ryder. (Kelsea Ballerini is also terrific as AnnieLee.) I don’t know why I was initially surprised at the impact Parton’s performance has—Dolly Parton has been performing on stage basically her whole life and she’s an award-winning actress. She brings heart and authenticity to the role. The story is full of insider details about the Nashville music scene and life in the limelight and you can hear the truthfulness in Parton’s voice.