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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 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 time by harking back to her upbringingSandra then a boy had a traumatic upbringing an adopted child who was rejected and sent to live in a shed in the garden or a bungalow at age 9 11 or 13 his and others recollections vary It s always better to tell the truth as that way you don t have to have a good memory If you can t keep your story straight you are probably lyingEventually the traumatised child grows to be a man and marries and has two sons When his gay side his drag ueen side makes it impossible to remain married he leaves taking the car and leaving his wife with the house the mortgage and the children He couldn t care less about anyone but himself He becomes Sandra and being uite beautiful according to the author the pics show a very masculine looking tall slim blonde she gets many men including illegally marrying one She never shows real caring for them unless it affects herselfThe Trauma Cleaning business is the interesting part of the book Sandra employs a lot of people to clean up after disasters but mostly from hoarders and those that let their pets use their entire house as a bathroom Sadly this most interesting part is very sketchy This as the blurb says is a love letter to Sandra by the authorAt the end of the book Sandra is reunited after 40 years with one of her sons She makes it clear to him and the author he isn t going to benefit for her will she s left her money elsewhere The final cutting blow of a manwoman who loved only themselves and didn t see anything wrong with that at allThis is a very sketchy review of a book that was uite well written but I did not enjoy It is 35 stars for writing and interest but 2 for enjoyment so I rounded it down The best review of this book is by Carol you can read it here

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

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

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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


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 off

  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 time by harking back to her upbringingSandra then a boy had a traumatic upbringing an adopted child who was rejected and sent to live in a shed in the garden or a bungalow at age 9 11 or 13 his and others

  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 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

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    You'll just have to read this one for yourself to understand It's a multi layered tale about Sandra Pankhurst who is nearly impossible to describe without just writing a book about her as the author has done She's currently running a business that cleans up crime scenes of all kinds disasters drug labs hoarding situations of property andor

  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 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 scene

  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

  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

  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 everyone’s red buttons one after another like a kid running along a street pressing everyone’s front doorbell – parental abuse and neglect transgender transgender rape Drag acts Prostitution Life in a brothel Serious sexual assault male violence leading to murder mental collapse and piles of fi

  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