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Nd lives at the same time But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra's own life Raised in an uncaring home Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of unspeakable personal tragedy mark her out as a one off. I did not like this book I saw it and thought that sounds like a really interesting job I m up for reading about that It was not a book about trauma cleaning It was basically a misery memoir I wouldn t have picked it up if I knew this with several of the most irritating features that sometimes pop up in biographies Let s get the issue of gender out the way first Sandra the subject of the book is a trans woman and the narrative delves into her pre transition past Now generally trans people prefer to have their gender and pronouns backdated to reflect that they didn t actually change gender they just affirmed what was always there It is possible that Sandra was cool with her backstory being presented as firmly male although this would be a bit unusual Maybe the author wrote that way with her blessing But given what a sensitive and painful issue this is for many trans people the author needed to spell this out right at the beginning All these stories about little boys who grow into men and then decide that they d prefer to be women actually are really misleading about the trans experience and they are what many people think is the truth of it which actually causes a lot of harm It s not enough to put this trope into a book and present yourself as a trans ally because you re being complimentary about a trans womanDid I say complimentary The author is ridiculous She basically states over and over that this woman is an inspiration beautiful saintly talented strong to the point where it becomes nauseating If Sandra s life story is true then she had a really difficult time when she was young and she survived and got herself into a job she s good at Good for her Effusive praise at this level is patronising and fetishising and most of all it comes across as fake as all hell Nobody feels as unrelentingly positive about another human being at all times You can t think of one thing that s bad about her Well she has COPD and cirrhosis of the liver and is gradually dying so failing to take basic protective measures against infection in the environment she works in as we re informed she does makes her a total fucking idiot There you go That wasn t hard Enough about her being your Talmud Rosetta Stone Higgs Boson Can you even hear yourselfSandra herself is very clearly an unreliable source and we re told this a lot Did this key event that changed everything happen when she was seven or thirteen She doesn t know Might have been a good idea to try to cross check the information But let s assume that it s all true in which case she s had a very painful and challenging life But it s HER life Use direct uotes The way that this is written it is not clear how much of it is Sandra s memories and how much is speculation about how she probably felt and thought embellished by the author This matters I have a pet peeve with authors who write non fiction in which they insert their own take on the thoughts and feelings of others It s disrespectful regardless of the context but when the subject is right there in front of them it s downright slapdash I should know whose words I m reading I have a hunch they aren t Sandra s If Sandra is as vague about the past as we re told she is she absolutely does not remember every thought that popped into her head on that Tuesday afternoonIt feels exploitative and icky to me It feels like a Cis Saviour situation like performative allyship at its most ridiculous And over this actually could have been a really good book The obvious structure would have been to treat it a little like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks present the information about the present and the cleaning jobs as told from the PoV of the author Then add in alternating sections about Sandra s life story in Sandra s words It would have been respectful accurate and less embarrassing to read Grass, Sky, Song uncaring home Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of Otter Chaos! 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Husband father drag ueen sex worker wife Sarah Krasnostein's The Trauma Cleaner is a love letter to an extraordinary ordinary life In Sandra Pankhurst she discovered a woman capable of taking a lifetime of hostility and transphobic abuse and using it to care f. WOWWhat a story My god I never read a story like this one I knew other friends liked this bookbut it was really Esil who inspired me to read this I almost sent my library ebook back to the library thinking I didn t have time to read it or some other excuseI ve started Crime and Punishment so I figured that might be enough trauma hahaBut all I can say is WOW WOW WOW Sarah Krasnostein did a terrific job writing this book sentence after sentence was beautiful and deeply felt often sharing her own relationship to Sandra but the real heroine is Sandra Pankhurst Book or no bookyet some life stories REALLY DESERVE to be writtenand this is one of them I didn t even know that this was going to be the story that it was I thought it was going to be the ins and out of cleaning crime scenes It was that toobut really just a one part It s SANDRA WHO STAYS WITH MEmuch less about her business The founder of Specialized Trauma Cleaning services in Melbourne Australia I fell in love with this extraordinary womanflaws and all Now about my age in her 60 s This is a human survival story like none other I ve read And her heart compassionate heart is bigger than life itself My god Sandra s life growing up was soooo devasting sad She was an adopted unwanted child abused neglected unloved She was kicked out of her home by age 17 married by 18 Sandra was living her life as Peter THE FATHER of two boys while beginning to transition she walked out abandoning her to children We learn about this too Enter prostitutionher drag ueen dayslife of drugs and alcohol as if horrific abuse wasn t enough We get the entire story of how Sandra started her business and all that it entails I thought about readers TRYING to imagine cleaning those homes and thinking that 99% of us know they could never do it Sandra cleans them with loveThis uote sums up my experience of Sanda clear it breaks her heart to see anyone suffer She supports people emotionally helping them let go of emotional trauma as well as their physical nightmares Really beautiful real and inspiring Despite seeing the same shit each day for 21 years Sandra treats each client as uniue in their circumstance and eual in their dignity I asked her once how she manages to maintain that attitude of compassion and absolute non judgment I think it s a drive for me that everyone deserves it because I deserve it as well she explained

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Or some of society's most in need peopleSandra Pankhurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses From the forgotten flat of a drug addict to the infested home of a hoarder Sandra enters properties a. 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 didn t know I would be reading about the horrendous childhood and difficult life of this woman who was born as a boy I didn t know I d be reading about the details of her sex change operation and her rough life in the brothels And while Sandra Pankhurst should be admired for her perseverance and her compassion in her cleaning business the book tries to cover to much and goes to far It is interesting that an author would even attempt a full life biography of a woman with a self professed faulty memory and then continue to remind the reader that this or that may not be accurate throughout the book It casts doubt on the entire story Author Sarah Krasnostein is very much a part of the book and the story She followed Sandra Pankhurst to various cleaning scenes over a four year period At the end of the first chapter Krasnostein describes this book as a love letter to Sandra Krasnostein s admiration and affection for Sandra is apparent through the book with such sentiment as I have the rapturous experience many times of simply listening to her swear The chapters which deal with trauma cleaning are seemingly told by Krasnostein as the observer But by placing herself in the story she gets in the way These chapter are interesting but are little than a documentation of what Krasnostein sees The chapters which reveal Sandra s life history are told from a third person point of view and while gut wrenching held little interest given the expectation from the title The transitions in point of view from chapter to chapter make the book a little difficult to read The writing was also difficult to follow reuiring freuent rereading of pages and paragraphs to determine who was speaking or who was being discussed There are an immense number of people and name changes referenced in the book and keeping up with everyone adds to the struggle THE TRAUMA CLEANER was a trying read Thanks to NetGalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


10 thoughts on “The Trauma Cleaner One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death Decay and Disaster

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    The Trauma Cleaner Sandra is a horrible person but the blurb says Sarah Krasnostein's The Trauma Cleaner is a love letter to an extraordinary ordinary life The author excuses the awfulness of her subject every t

  3. says:

    WOWWhat a story My god I never read a story like this one I knew other friends liked this bookbut it was really Esil who

  4. says:

    You'll just have to read this one for yourself to understand It's a multi layered tale about Sandra Pankhurst wh

  5. says:

    I would give this six stars if I could

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    Most fascinating person everThis is the number 1 most fascinating person I’ve ever come across seriously Her far out life and her far out job just slay me For the entire book my eyes were in startle position and my brain was in wonder warp I could not put this biography down It’s about a person named Sandra I

  8. says:

    I did not like this book I saw it and thought that sounds like a really interesting job I'm up for reading about that It was not a book about trauma cleaning It was basically a misery memoir I wouldn't have picked it up if I knew this with sev

  9. says:

    This book was discombobulating But I like to be discombobulated I practically live for it It’s like the author decided to press ever

  10. says:

    I recently read Maid which I liked but didn’t love I found the mix of focus on the author’s life and her observations of the people she worked for as a maid somewhat incongruous In a way The Trauma Cleaner does the same thing but so much better Sandra Pankhurst runs a company that cleans homes that seem beyond the possibility

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