The Trauma Cleaner One Woman s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death Decay and Disaster Before she was a trauma cleaner Sandra Pankhurst was many things husband and father drag queen gender reassignment patient sex worker small businesswoman trophy wife But as a little boy raised

  • Title: The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster
  • Author: Sarah Krasnostein
  • ISBN: 9781250101204
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife But as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home, she just wanted to belong Now she believes her clients deserve no less A woman who sleeps among garbage she has not putBefore she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife But as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home, she just wanted to belong Now she believes her clients deserve no less A woman who sleeps among garbage she has not put out for forty years A man who bled quietly to death in his living room A woman who lives with rats, random debris and terrified delusion The still life of a home vacated by accidental overdose Sarah Krasnostein has watched the extraordinary Sandra Pankhurst bring order and care to these, the living and the dead and the book she has written is equally extraordinary Not just the compelling story of a fascinating life among lives of desperation, but an affirmation that, as isolated as we may feel, we are all in this together.

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    1. Recently, The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death was popping up in discussion, and I had been toying with a re-read until fortuitously offered the chance to read Trauma Cleaners. What perfect serendipity. Don't you wonder, just a bit, about the secret lives of cleaners? Their tricks for getting out blood? The crazy things they encounter? Sadly, though the blurb makes it sound as if such stories are the focus, the book centers on Sandra, the owner of a trauma cleaning business. As Sandra w [...]

    2. The Trauma CleanerOne Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay and DisasterSarah KrasnosteinMY RATING ⭐️⭐️▫️▫️▫️PUBLISHER St. Martin’s Press PUBLISHED April 10, 2018REVIEWThis story found within the pages of THE TRAUMA CLEANER One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster was unexpected. I thought the book was about cleaning up after deaths, crime scenes, and hoarders and how one woman fights the good fight to do this. I [...]

    3. “And though it must feel like a catacomb in that dark hour, and though every hour behind these blinds has been dark, the house is spinning with movement: mould is travelling up and down the walls, food is rotting, cans are rusting, water is dripping, insects are being born and they are living and dying, Janice’s hair is growing, her heart is beating, she is breathing. Which is to say that this, too, is life. Like the creatures that swim in the perfect blackness of the ocean floor, the ecosys [...]

    4. ‘A book that is as hard to read as it is hard to put down. A story of pain and loss and loneliness, of trauma and transformations and sassy humour. And cleaningIt is a hilarious and poignant tale of a woman who defies all labelsKrasnostein is a very fine writer. Her debut book is a compelling and honest story of human survival, and love.’Janet Albrechtsen, Australian‘Deeply moving…The book reads as a love letter from Krasnostein to Sandra…I treasured every word.’Sofie Laguna, Austral [...]

    5. I hope I don't need a trauma cleaner in life or in death but if I do I hope I get one like Sandra Pankhurst. This is a unique Australian memoir; one where the author subtly inserts herself into the telling of a life not her own. Sandra is and has been so many things: trans, father, step-mother, husband, drag queen, sex worker, wife, businesswoman. She has experienced horrendous violence and many traumas and she has inflicted trauma on others, namely her wife and children. It can be hard to recon [...]

    6. A brilliant portrait of an amazing person. Krasnostein stumbled across Sandra Pankhurst, a professional trauma cleaner with an incredible life story and has crafted a thoughtful, moving and sometimes hilarious biography. Chapters alternate between Sandra's life story and snippets of her current life (and the lives of the people that she's cleaning up after). It's a smart structure and Krasnostein is a sympathetic and sensitive biographer - this is a wonderful and original book that will hopefull [...]

    7. I devoured this book in just over a day, feeling very compelled to keep reading. It is the story of the amazing life of Sarah Pankhurst and what she was able to achieve with such a disadvantaged start in life. It also includes little excursions into the lives of the people whose houses she cleans, including hoarders and victims of crime.The trauma cleaner gave me much to think about, including the notion of an unreliable narrator. Parts are very explicit, but at the same time deeper meanings and [...]

    8. One client of the trauma cleaner defends the reading preferences on her overburdened shelves, "Anything which shows the human strength under the most appalling circumstances helps me to survive." Many people who read The Trauma Cleaner may be drawn to it for the same reasons. It's not an easy story to read. I have a coworker who does not share my reading tastes because she looks for uplifting reads, and she sees some of my selections are very heavy and depressing (including this one, Ghettoside: [...]

    9. My 3 star rating is a little out of whack with the majority of opinions on this book. I think it was an excellent debut novel and Sandra's life and background is certainly very interesting and the author moves skilfully between Sandra's biography and her current work. I suppose the main reason for my low rating is that I just wasn't all that interested in the 'trauma cleaning' she does for a living. While the book didn't have a wow factor for me, please take my review with a grain of salt, there [...]

    10. Ahoy there me mateys! Though this log’s focus is on sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult, this Captain does have broader reading tastes. So occasionally I will share some novels that I enjoyed that are off the charts (a non sci-fi, fantasy, or young adult novel), as it were. I received this non-fiction eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .I discovered this book looking into St. Martin’s Press’ releases because I previously read castle of water [...]

    11. "The Trauma Cleaner" is mainly a biography of the person currently going under the name Sandra Pankhurst. He was born a boy, was adopted as a baby into an abusive family, married, and had children before abandoning his family to pursue life as a female. During this period, he went by several different names and did a variety of jobs, including drag queen and prostitute. He underwent gender reassignment surgery to become a woman and has had a very eventful life since then. Due to drug abuse in he [...]

    12. via my blog: bookstalkerblog.wordpress/"Of course, Sandra’s skill at making others feel secure also eliminates a whole host of threats to herself and optimizes her ability to move forward with her work and with her life, because Sandra is a virtuoso at survival."This is the sort of true life story that makes me ashamed of all the things I get depressed thinking of or complain about in my life, that seem so much bigger than me at the moment. Sandra is a virtuoso at survival, without a doubt. Re [...]

    13. This book. Wow.Harrowing. Courageous. Repulsive. Compelling. Heartbreaking. Uplifting. Fascinating.The Trauma Cleaner, like its star, Sandra Pankhurst, is genre-defying. Author Sarah Krasnostein shadowed Sandra over a number of years, observing her day-to-day activities and recording the story of her life before she was a cleaner. And that story is remarkable – Sandra was a husband and father, drag queen, sex reassignment patient, sex worker, businesswoman, and trophy wife. As a ‘trauma clea [...]

    14. ‘We specialise in the unpleasant tasks that you need to have taken care of.’Sandra Pankhurst is a trauma cleaner. It’s work that she’s been doing for twenty years: at crime scenes, after floods, for real estate agents, for charitable organizations and for executors of deceased estates. Sandra also cleans for individuals, in cases of long-term neglect where health issues or hoarding have rendered homes barely habitable or worse.Sarah Krasnostein writes about trauma and its impacts on two [...]

    15. I watch a tonne of cleaning and hoarding shows; you name it, I've probably watched at least one episode. (See review here for a list: carpelibrum/2017/12/re). So, when I learned there was a biography about Victorian based trauma cleaner Sandra Pankhurst, I was immediately onboard. And that was even before I learned just how fascinating a life she has led. In her life, Sandra has had several names, been a husband, father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman an [...]

    16. Beautifully written, and a very interesting subject matter. But I cant get past the transphobia that litters the text, in small and large ways.Why is Sandra referred to as a boy and as a man when we get flashbacks? Why does the author MAKE UP a deadname for her because Sandra refused to tell her? Why does Sandra's internalised transmisogyny and queerphobia go unaddressed? And why does the author not know the word cis or, if they do, why is it not in the text?[edit: questions addressed in the com [...]

    17. This book held some unexpectedly wonderful quotes and values that I think are really important and are demonstrated beautifully here. I personally really enjoyed hearing the little bits of recount given about trauma cleaning as that is what primarily drew to me to this book. However, "little bits" is sadly an accurate description. It seemed to be lacking a lot of the grizzly details of the job involving death which I expected from the title. This book really is more about Sandra's early life, wh [...]

    18. This is definitely my pick of 2017Half the book is a fascinating account of the job of a trauma cleaner; the kind of jobs they do and the people that they meet. There are captivating interviews with their clients, particularly the hoarders at varying levels of denial. Sandra, the head of the company, is witting and saucy - a real character.The other half of the book is Sandra's back story. Sandra was born biologically a man. Her story is a fascinating account of what it was like to live as a tra [...]

    19. Wow. I read this in a day - I could not put it down. It’s the story of an extraordinary woman, told with compassion, insight and a beautiful writing style. We learn of Sandra’s heartbreaking past, in between visits to her cleaning clients. Her care for & non-judgment of them, and her incredible resilience and humour, are moving. We meet people living in squalor, neglected victims (or survivors?), their houses a ‘living death’. It’s also a social history of Melbourne and a window in [...]

    20. This book deserves a million stars. To think this incredible woman’s story might have gone untold! And that all the smaller stories of the people who had died and who were burying themselves might also have gone unnoticed it’s a miracle of a book. It’s also heartbreaking, and a list of all the ways people mistreat each other. But Sandra just shines.

    21. To say I love this remarkable biography doesn’t cover it, at all. It’s a story deserving of much more than five stars! how about one thousand stars! Its far from an easy read, in fact, at times it was hard and to be honest I suspect the subject matter will stay with me for a long time. Sarah Pankhurst is a beautiful, sophisticated, and remarkable woman who despite her ill health and many adversities, deals with her clients with true compassion and respect. Bravo to the author Sarah Krasnoste [...]

    22. I received a copy of this book through a giveaway in exchange for my honest review.Disappointing. Mainly because I was expecting a more straightforward non-fiction book about the intricacies of the job. "The Trauma Cleaner" is really more a biography of Sandra Pankhurst, including her childhood and youth which have nothing to do with the job of trauma cleaner. The synopsis on the giveaway was not as detailed as the book synopsis (which does a better job of explaining just what the book entails) [...]

    23. Sometimes a book comes along that defies easy description. This is that book. Uplifting, heartbreaking, fascinating and uncomfortable in equal measure.

    24. This book was so much more than I was expecting. It was the story of a woman in Australia who runs a business that cleans up after traumas. But it was also the memoir of a trans woman who was abused as a child and kicked out of her house at 17 to make her own way. This story was heartbreaking but also uplifting. The horrible things she went through, to come through in the end to be a cheerful and happy woman who spends her life making other people feel better.I received a galley of this title fr [...]

    25. Best to go into this not knowing much, as its power comes from an author absolutely committed to capturing her subject and the worlds in which she moves and has moved. It says a lot that this book could have been truly awful and sensational, and it is absolutely not.

    26. This is the very first Advanced Reader Copy I’ve ever won from , so quite the exciting day, people! Therefore, long review to come. -------------THE WOMAN-------------I totally get how Sarah (author), who had originally only planned on interviewing Sandra (subject), ended up feeling like she just had to make it an entire book. Sandra is a mesmerizing character. Compassionate, irreverently funny, quirky, and with a vivid, interesting, painful life (the way her parents treated her is more nausea [...]

    27. While I thought the book was very interesting, the ending wasn't satisfying. I would have liked to know how Sandra's health is now, and whether she is still working. Thank you to St. Martin's Press, author and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.

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