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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.
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February 15, 2018
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 ge...
February 04, 2018
The Trauma Cleaner
One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay and Disaster
MY RATING ⭐⭐▫▫▫
PUBLISHER St. Martin’s Press
PUBLISHED April 10, 2018
This story found within the pages of THE TRAUMA CLEANER One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death,...
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...
February 15, 2018
‘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 cleaning...It is a hilarious and poignant tale of a woman who defies all labels...Krasnostein is a very fine writer. Her debut book is a compell...
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...
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...
November 01, 2017
What an unusual and extraordinary life, beautifully told by Krasnostein. Just loved this.
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...
January 30, 2018
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 sto...
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...