Summary The Trauma Cleaner One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death Decay and Disaster Ebook BY Sarah Krasnostein


  • Hardcover
  • 291
  • The Trauma Cleaner One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death Decay and Disaster
  • Sarah Krasnostein
  • English
  • 15 August 2019
  • 9781250101204

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READ ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Sarah Krasnostein Sarah Krasnostein ↠ 8 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS 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 I would give this six stars if I could

READ ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Sarah KrasnosteinThe Trauma Cleaner One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death Decay and Disaster

READ ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Sarah Krasnostein Sarah Krasnostein ↠ 8 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS The Trauma Cleaner One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death Decay and Disaster 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

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

READ ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Sarah Krasnostein Sarah Krasnostein ↠ 8 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS The Trauma Cleaner One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death Decay and Disaster 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 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 getting out blood The crazy things they encounter Sadly though the blurb makes it sound as if such stories are the focus the book centers on Sandra the owner of a trauma cleaning business As Sandra was born a man and eventually transitioned to a woman this still had potential for fascinating insight into the process of change going from dysfunction to order While I think that might have been the theme the author was hoping for there was too little reflection to make it workIt begins with an introduction by the author sharing some of the purpose and challenges in writing this book but her deep affection for Sandra is clear It s followed by a trauma cleaning of Kim s home an artist and tenant who has let trash her pet rats and her art get out of control The story soon transitions to Sandra s history beginning in 1950s 60s with Sandra s parents They adopted Sandra born Peter when they were unable to have their own children although speculation is that Peter may have been the product of an affair When they had their own biological children Peter found himself being pushed out the door literally to a back shedThat bank and forth between time frames structures the entire book a section on a place Sandra is cleaning and the current resident followed by a chapter in Sandra s life The format for Sandra s history is strictly chronological beginning with childhood though the current cleaning project timeline is unclearI ve never been a fan of unreliable narrators and Sandra is unreliable than most It isn t a personal criticism with a faulty memory I m unreliable in my own way with details but a storytelling one how can you tell the story of someone who admits Many of the facts of Sandra s past are either entirely forgotten endlessly interchangeable neurotically ordered conflicting or loosely tethered to reality She is open about the fact that drugs may have impacted her memory It is also my belief that her memory loss is trauma induced The solution in my mind would have been relentless fact checking research and interviewing but instead Krasnostein relies on a combination of often isolated incidents a couple of interviews and rather florid storytellingThough the sex work she does and the drugs she takes and her overriding need for constant company freuently mean that she is not in control of herself or her environment she is excellent at acting otherwise to conceal any vulnerability So she does not cry in public and while she might comment in the same tone as one comments on traffic that she is experiencing pain or discomfort and through of course she feels pain deeply she never actually shows it or make any practical adjustments to accommodate itKrasnostein is prone to making such sweeping statements without any supporting detail or commentary from Sandra showing she believes thisOne of the troubles of this kind of storytelling like any autobiography really is that in distance it sometimes becomes easy to judge people That may be why I prefer autobiographies like An Unuiet Mind A Memoir of Moods and Madness because it is easier for the subject to share their thoughts and perceptions and thus easier to understand without judgementIn this case the writer isn t able to get very much into Sandra s head so much here that would be the meat of the story goes almost unaddressed I don t think this is the writer s fault any time such issues are brought up it sounds as if Sandra uickly dismisses them with a don t remember love kind of comment Sandra for instance fathered two children She currently has no contact with them and we have very little insight why although it is clear the writer also wonders She s also politically conservative which seems surprising given her trans background extensive drug use and history of supporting herself through sex work Again not really explained Nor is the simple fact of why she wears pristine white shoes and refuses to wear gloves at her cleaning jobs We re left with the visual portrait of a presumably complex person this is how she makes her money this is how she dresses these are the things she buys these are the people she hangs around with It lacks the larger social context of Janet Mock s Redefining Realness My Path to Womanhood Identity Love So Much More with the exception on a chapter that deals with rape as well as her attention to detail on the transition As an aside I found Sandra s general dismissal and non discussion of the process of transitioning to be fascinatingly obliueUltimately though I eagerly picked it up it never really paid off for me The lack of insight into either Sandra or the trauma cleaning case studiesprocess meant it was unsatisfying on either front However it was written engagingly enough that it wasn t a waste of time or utterly frustrated just too surface to really engage me emotionally or intellectually Kind of like watching a segment of Entertainment Tonight or Hoarders instead of a thoughtful in depth analysis one hopes for from a book It does make significant strides in this direction in the last hundred pages or so of the storyTwo and a half stars on my It was okay scale rounding up because it was very readable