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

Sarah Krasnostein

Rachael Tidd (Narrator)

04-10-18

9hrs 17min

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Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography

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04-10-18

9hrs 17min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography

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“A transgender former prostitute cleans up the fetid houses of the psychotic, the hopeless and the murdered. Sounds like some dubious TLC special, but it’s a fascinating bio of Sandra Pankhurst…Revelatory.” People

Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Nonfiction
Winner of the Australian Book Industry Award for General Nonfiction
A New York Times Pick of True Crime Summer Reads
Shortlisted for the 2019 Wellcome Trust Book Prize
A Crime Reads Pick of Thrillers for Domestic-Suspense Lovers
Shortlisted for Australia's National Biography Award for 2019
A BookRiot Pick of Best Audiobooks out of Australia
An ALA Listen List for Outstanding Audiobook Narration
An iBooks bestseller in Biographies & Memoirs
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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 that she has not put out for forty years. A man who quietly bled to death in his living room. 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, this is also an affirmation that, as isolated as we may feel, we are all in this together.

Praise

“A transgender former prostitute cleans up the fetid houses of the psychotic, the hopeless and the murdered. Sounds like some dubious TLC special, but it’s a fascinating bio of Sandra Pankhurst…Revelatory.” People

“A one-of-a-kind biography…[Pankhurst] most valuable of her services—the nonjudgmental respect and compassion she shows to clients living and dead.” New York Times

"Krasnostein’s candid depiction and Tidd’s unflinching, yet loving, voice invite listeners to follow Sandra Pankhurst’s extraordinary transformation.” Booklist (audio review)

“A life-affirming symphony composed of notes plucked from the detrius of everyday existence. Deeply humane in its execution, Sandra’s story will move you, challenge you, and continually delight you.” Bram Presser, author of The Book of Dirt

“Within the pages of The Trauma Cleaner Krasnostein has given us an extraordinary gift of humanity, life, and determination while carefully guiding us through the unspeakable conditions in which people find themselves in the face of trauma. Through sublime writing, Sarah Krasnostein expertly renders an unforgettable portrait of Sandra, one of the most compelling people I have ever read. I found myself constantly walking the line between frustration and utter love for this woman and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about her and the life she has lived. Krasnostein is a master storyteller of creative nonfiction and I am in awe.“ Sarah Schmidt, author of See What I Have Done

“Playful yet heartfelt…one of the most arresting works of biography you will read in a long time.” Guardian (Sydney)

“This fascinating Australian book…[is] a story that deserves a wider audience…Pankhurst’s warmth and compassion makes this the rare feel-good true crime book.” CrimeReads

“Rachael Tidd’s voice shines in Sandra’s quick snippets of dialogue, bringing her to life in that special way only audiobooks can.” BookRiot (audio review)

“Absolutely stunning.” PopSugar

“Through countless encounters with the fetid, the neglected, and the downright tragic, Parkhurst has found meaning and peace, and Krasnostein a singular subject whom she approaches with well-deserved awe. Booklist (starred review)

“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

"[Pankhurst’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

“A wondrous portrait of an inspiring character.” Saturday Paper (Australia)

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Language English
Release Day Apr 9, 2018
Release Date April 10, 2018
Release Date Machine 1523318400
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Women's History Month, Biographies & Memoirs, True Crime, Women, Nonfiction - Adult, Nonfiction - All
Author Bio
Sarah Krasnostein

Sarah Krasnostein is a writer and a lawyer with a PhD in criminal law. A fourth generation American and a third generation Australian, she has lived and worked in both countries.

Narrator Bio
Rachael Tidd

Rachael Tidd is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.

Overview

Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Nonfiction
Winner of the Australian Book Industry Award for General Nonfiction
A New York Times Pick of True Crime Summer Reads
Shortlisted for the 2019 Wellcome Trust Book Prize
A Crime Reads Pick of Thrillers for Domestic-Suspense Lovers
Shortlisted for Australia's National Biography Award for 2019
A BookRiot Pick of Best Audiobooks out of Australia
An ALA Listen List for Outstanding Audiobook Narration
An iBooks bestseller in Biographies & Memoirs
See All +

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 that she has not put out for forty years. A man who quietly bled to death in his living room. 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, this is also an affirmation that, as isolated as we may feel, we are all in this together.

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