My uncle recommended that I read The Trauma Cleaner, after I’d read an article in the Saturday paper by the author, Sarah Krasnostein, and he said that her book was one of the best that my aunt had read recently. So I did!
I didn’t realise it had won so many awards. I also thought it was be a more clinical non-fiction. But the prose was beautiful, and the story was very well developed.
It was better than fiction – sometimes the truth is more amazing than fiction.
The book, not only is about the amazing life of an amazing woman, but it is also an image into fifty years of the biggest change in society.
Husband, father, drag queen, 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 for some of society’s most in-need people – Goodreads.
Whilst the story is amazing – a story of survival and social change – it is the prose that makes the book a multi-award winner. The way that Sarah brings in analogy, and the way she can look at detail from a different perspective.
My words cannot describe it – you must read this book for yourself!