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J. Dana Trent | Between Two Trailers (IN STORE)


Tickets include a signed copy of BETWEEN TWO TRAILERS, guaranteed entry to the event, and a seat in the reserved section. Dana will be in conversation with Barbara Brown Taylor. Dana & Barbara will sign and personalize books after the program. More information about our events can be found here



A powerful, unforgettable memoir about a girl who escaped her childhood as a preschool drug dealer to earn a divinity degree from Duke University—and then realized she had to confront her past to truly find her way home.

"Home, it turns out, is where the war is. It’s also where the healing begins."

Born to drug-dealing parents in rural Indiana, J. Dana Trent was a preschooler the first time she used a razor blade to cut up weed and fill dime bags for her schizophrenic father, King. While King struggled with his unmedicated psychosis, Dana’s mother, “the Lady,” a cold and self-absorbed woman whose diagnosed personality disorder ruled the home, guarded large bricks of drugs from the safety of their squalid trailer, where she watched TV evangelist Tammy Faye on repeat. Growing up, Dana sought to be the daughter both her parents wanted: a drug lord’s heir and a debutante minister. But when the Lady impulsively plucked Dana from the Midwest and moved the two of them South, their fresh start resulted in homelessness and bankruptcy. In North Carolina, Dana becomes torn between her gritty midwestern past and her desire to be a polite Southern girl, hiding her home life of drugs and parents whose severe mental illness left them debilitated.

But the past is never far behind. Dana was a child of the drug trade, and though she had escaped flyover country, she would never be able to escape her father’s legacy. After graduating from Duke University, Dana imagines her hidden Indiana life was finally behind her, becoming a professor and an ambivalent female Southern Baptist minister. She thought she had written a new story, only to realize that her childhood secrets kept her from making peace with the people and places that shaped her. Ultimately, Dana found that no one can really “make it” until they return to where their story began: home.



J. DANA TRENT is a speaker, professor, award-winning spirituality author, minister, and graduate of Duke Divinity School. She teaches world religions and critical thinking at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh.

BARBARA BROWN TAYLOR is the author of the New York Times bestsellers An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark, which was also named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Religion Books of 2014, as well as Leaving Church, which received an Author of the Year Award from the Georgia Writers Association. Taylor is an Episcopal priest and the emerita Butman Professor of Religion at Piedmont College. She lives on a working farm in rural northeast Georgia with her husband, Ed.




Event date: 
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
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