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‘The Whole Way Home’ Follows A Woman’s Rise In Country Music

Cover of 'The Whole Way Home' by Sarah Creech
William Morrow/2017
William Morrow/2017

Over the years, country music has seen iconic women like Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn become legends in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Nevertheless, country music remains a boy’s club for many artists. In her new novel “The Whole Way Home” (William Morrow/2017), writer Sarah Creech tells the story of one woman’s road to country music stardom.

The book follows Jo Lover as she navigates the politics of Nashville with her commitment to country music’s roots. Lover’s persona is threatened when an old flame, country superstar JD Gunn, returns in her life, challenging Lover to confront her complicated past.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Creech about her new book and the time she met Jack White in Nashville.

Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.