NEW YORK — Country singer Dolly Parton has paid low six figures out of pocket for “The Jew Store,” Stella Suberman’s family memoir about growing up Jewish in small-town Tennessee during the first half of the century.
While Parton’s production company, Southern Lights, has a deal with Columbia TriStar Television, the entertainer has purchased “Jew Store” to develop as her feature film producing debut.
Along with producing the pic with Southern Lights veep Helena Hacker Rosenberg, Parton also will play a supporting role in the film.
Parton picked up a copy of the book a couple of weeks ago while shooting the Lifetime telepic “Blue Valley Songbird” in her native Tennessee.
A story about a battle against discrimination, “Jew Store” concerns a family who moved in the 1920s from the Bronx to tiny Concordia, Tenn. There they ran Bronson’s Low Priced Store, which sold dry goods. It was known in the town, where members of the Ku Klux Klan lived, as “the Jew store.”
Bill Contardi at William Morris handled negotiations on behalf of the book’s publisher, Algonquin Books.