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The Trauma Cleaner

By Sarah Krasnostein | Paperback | 1 Review(s)

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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 wifea But as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home, she just wanted to belong. Now she believes her... read more

Format
Paperback
Release Date
02 Oct 2017
Author(s)
Sarah Krasnostein
Publisher
Text Publishing Co
ISBN-13
9781925498523
Dimensions
153mm x 234mm x 20mm
Pages
1
Format
Paperback
Release Date
02 Oct 2017
Author(s)
Sarah Krasnostein
Publisher
Text Publishing Co
ISBN-13
9781925498523
Dimensions
153mm x 234mm x 20mm
Pages
1

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19 Jan 2018

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Trauma Cleaner

One of the most fascinating, extraordinary memoirs I have seen in a long time.
The story of Sandra Pankhurst – born Peter, lived as a son, husband and father then moved to drag queen seeking gender reassignment, patient, sex worker through to business owner. The story isn’t a sensationalised biography of personal change but a memoir of the author documenting Sandra’s story to help. Parts of Sandra’s story are missing in her mind and the author believes this is due to childhood trauma and a ‘lack of telling one’s own story’. It’s a powerful theory which makes the reading so engaging and fascinating. It isn’t mere ‘miserable memoir’ but an empowerment of an injured mind to make sense of their past to have a clearer present and future. Sandra’s past now influences her unique work cleaning up after a death or crime.
“by using words as disinfectants, we are trauma cleaning. Word by word, sentence by sentence, we are reuniting fragments, scattered by chaos...we cannot always eliminate what is bad or broken or lost but we can do our best to put everything in its place – such ORDER being the true opposite of TRAUMA...”

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