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The Trauma Cleaner : One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster - Sarah Krasnostein

The Trauma Cleaner

One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster

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Published: 2nd October 2017
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I call my dad from the car and ask him about his morning, tell him about mine.

‘What kind of hoarder was she?’ he asks.

‘Books and cats, mainly,’ I tell the man who loves his cats and who I know is now actively considering his extensive book collection.

‘What’s the difference between a private library and a book hoarder?’ he wonders.

We are both silent before we laugh and answer in unison: ‘Faeces.’

But the difference is this phone call. And the others like it I could make—and how strong we are when we are loved.

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 put out for forty years. A man who bled quietly to death in his loungeroom. 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.

`An extraordinarily impressive debut, in terms of both quality of writing and treatment of the subject matter...Krasnostein handles her material with respect, grace and compassion.' * Sydney Morning Herald * `Krasnostein creates a humane portrait of a woman who has somehow found fertile ground in the mess of life. A brutal, heartbreaking and utterly moving story of survival - and a quiet kind of triumph.' * Better Reading * `[Pankurst's] story is probably one of the most touching, thoughtful and thought-provoking you will ever read...Sarah Krasnostein tells it with moving compassion, even love.' * New Zealand Herald * `An anomalous, indelible treasure...Krasnostein allows Sandra's story room to breathe and expand, to quietly but confidently stake its claim to the reader's heart.' * Kill Your Darlings * `[Sandra] is one of the most extraordinary characters you will ever find in a work of non-fiction...The Trauma Cleaner is a disturbing and fascinating read with a heavy, beating heart at its centre...[Krasnostein] shows how a writer can empathise and engage with a subject yet still paint a realistic portrait.' * Australian * `An anomalous, indelible treasure...Krasnostein allows Sandra's story room to breathe and expand, to quietly but confidently stake its claim to the reader's heart.' * Kill Your Darlings * `[Pankurst's] story is probably one of the most touching, thoughtful and thought-provoking you will ever read...Sarah Krasnostein tells it with moving compassion, even love.' * New Zealand Herald * `[Sandra] is one of the most extraordinary characters you will ever find in a work of non-fiction...The Trauma Cleaner is a disturbing and fascinating read with a heavy, beating heart at its centre...[Krasnostein] shows how a writer can empathise and engage with a subject yet still paint a realistic portrait.' * Australian * `Sandra Pankurst's life is a Netflix series waiting to happen...Krasnostein is a marvelous, sympathetic observer and narrator...Love, love, love this book.' * Sun Bookshop * `A wondrous portrait of an inspiring character.' * Saturday Paper * `Surely the most original non-fiction book of the year...Written with warmth, humour and sensitivity, The Trauma Cleaner is utterly fascinating.' * Page & Blackmore NZ * 'Krasnostein has done a clean-up of her own, untangling the narrative behind Pankhurst's own cluttered memories...She lets Pankhurst's courage, humanity and sheer decency shine through. It's a fascinating read.' * SA Weekend * `Krasnostein is an astute observer of human nature and her understated yet elegant prose is reminiscent of Helen Garner.' * Readings * `Krasnostein's playful yet heartfelt debut is one of the most arresting works of biography you will read in a long time.' * The Guardian * `The most original non-fiction book of the year...Written with warmth, humour and sensitivity, The Trauma Cleaner is utterly fascinating.' * Page & Blackmore Booksellers * `A truly remarkable story.' * Joan Mackenzie, Whitcoulls * `An extraordinary life story superbly retold.' * Tim Gott, Devonport Bookshop * `Superbly sensitive...A truly unusual biography which is both confronting and edifying.' * Toowoomba Chronicle * `Amazing...I couldn't put this book down, and I can't wait to recommend it to everyone I know.' * Readings * `Written with sensitivity, insight and warmth...Krasnostein has pieced together a compelling history through careful research and interviews. The Trauma Cleaner is no ordinary trauma narrative: we see how the infliction of multiple traumas has left this fascinating woman uniquely placed to restore order among the despair of others, and it is with similar care that Krasnostein has produced this book.' * Books+Publishing *

ISBN: 9781925498523
ISBN-10: 1925498522
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1
Published: 2nd October 2017
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.39