Back to top

J. DANA TRENT AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF MEMPHIS

Event Image: 

Join First Baptist Church of Memphis as they welcome

J. DANA TRENT

on

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

at

5:00 pm

to discuss and sign her new memoir

BETWEEN TWO TRAILERS

***At online checkout, customers can select the option to pick up their pre-ordered book at the event, or to pick up their book in store at Novel!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A powerful, unforgettable memoir about a girl who escapes her childhood as a preschool drug dealer in rural Indiana--only to find that no one can really "make it out" until they make peace with where their story began: home

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

Dana Trent is only a preschooler the first time she uses a razor blade to cut up weed and fill dime bags for her schizophrenic father, King. While King struggles with his unmedicated psychosis, Dana's mother, the Lady, a cold and self-absorbed woman whose personality disorders rule the home, guards large bricks of drugs from the safety of their squalid trailer. But when the Lady impulsively plucks Dana from the Midwest and moves the two of them south, their fresh start results in homelessness and bankruptcy. In North Carolina, Dana becomes torn between her gritty midwestern past and her newfound desire to be a polite southern girl, struggling to reconcile her shame with an ache to figure out who she is, and where she belongs.

But the past is never far behind. After persevering through childhood and eventually graduating from Duke University, Dana imagines that her hidden Indiana life is finally behind her, only to realize that running from her upbringing has kept her from making peace with the people and places that shaped her. Ultimately, Dana finds that though love for family is universally complicated, there is no shame in survival, and for those who want it, there is always a path home.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

J. Dana Trent is a speaker, professor, award-winning spirituality author, and minister. A graduate of Duke Divinity School, she teaches world religions and critical thinking at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

Event date: 
Saturday, April 20, 2024 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
First Baptist Church of Memphis
200 East Parkway North
Memphis, TN 38112
Between Two Trailers: A Memoir By J. Dana Trent, Barbara Brown Taylor (Foreword by) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593444078
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Convergent Books - April 16th, 2024