The Trauma Cleaner

The Trauma Cleaner

One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster

Book - 2018 | First U.S. edition
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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 she has not put out for forty years. A man who bled quietly 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, but an affirmation that, as isolated as we may feel, we are all in this together."--Jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250101204 hardcover
1250101204 hardcover
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Branch Call Number: B PANKHURST
Characteristics: 291 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Sandra Parkhust has reinvented herself many times - as a husband, then a sex worker, then a transwoman, a wife, a business owner, and crime scene cleaner. Krasnostein's biography delves into the life of this remarkable and enigmatic women.


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