It was announced today (Aug. 11) that Dolly Parton and James Patterson wrote a novel together. They plan to launch it with Little, Brown, and Company, the publisher.

The title of the book Run, Rose, Run is a story about a young woman who moves to Music City to pursue her dreams of becoming a musician. In the face of a brutal secret and fueled by her past, the protagonist reaches out to control the future.

It will be published on March 7, 2022, and is the first novel Parton has ever written. As a result, the book will be complemented by a new album with twelve original songs that Parton wrote, recorded, and produced. Throughout the novel, you will find lyrics for the songs.

Parton says, “I cannot be more excited about the release of my very first novel Run Rose Run with the great James Patterson. I also have a new album to go along with the book. All new songs were written based on the characters and situations in the book. I hope you enjoy the book and the songs as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it all together!”

The album, co-produced by Richard Dennison and Tom Rutledge, will likewise be released in March 2022 on her own Butterfly Records in partnership with another record label that has yet to be determined.

“It’s been an honor—and a hell of a lot of fun—to work with the inimitable Dolly Parton, whom I’ve long admired for her music, her storytelling, and her enormous generosity. The mind-blowing thing about this project is that reading the novel is enhanced by listening to the album and vice versa. It’s a really unique experience that I know readers (and listeners) will love,” adds Patterson.  

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