The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein

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Do you know who cleans up a murder scene? It's not the police or the paramedics. It's people like Sandra Pankhurst, a trauma cleaner for whom death and decay are a part of life. Sandra's trauma work includes crime scenes and floods, real estate agents, executors of deceased estates, and charitable organizations. All call on Sandra to deal with lonely deaths, suicides or cases of long-term property neglect, where homes have fallen into disrepute due to the occupier's mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction, aging, or physical disability. Sandra comes to know her clients as well as they know themselves; she airs out their smells, throws out their weird porn, their photos, their letters, the last traces of their DNA entombed in soaps and toothbrushes. She does not, however, erase these people. She couldn't. She has experienced their same sorrows.

This is the fascinating true story of what happens after disaster; what happens when the dust clears and all that's left is a mess to clean up? You call Sandra, who arrives to make order out of chaos.

Title : The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster
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ISBN : 1250101204
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Text rated it ★★★★★

January 18, 2018

‘Deeply moving…The book reads as a love letter from Krasnostein to Sandra…I treasured every word.’ Sofie Laguna, Australian Women’s Weekly ‘Written with sensitivity, insight and warmth…Krasnostein has pieced together a compelling history through careful research and interviews. The Trauma Cleaner i...

Marianne rated it ★★★★☆

November 24, 2017

“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...

Jaclyn rated it ★★★★☆

September 22, 2017

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, h...

Michael rated it ★★★★★

October 15, 2017

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 l...

Tanyia rated it ★★★★★

November 01, 2017

What an unusual and extraordinary life, beautifully told by Krasnostein. Just loved this.

Odette rated it ★★★★☆

December 23, 2017

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...

Paul rated it ★★★☆☆

December 14, 2017

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 fo...

The Captain rated it ★★★★☆

December 18, 2017

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-ficti...

Kate rated it ★★★★☆

October 03, 2017

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...

Romany rated it ★★★★★

October 06, 2017

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...

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