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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"WOW! What a story! Sarah Pankhurst was dealt a shit hand from the day she was born. She has a perseverance that is an untiring effort picked herself up after each time life knocked her down. Her positive attitude and determination are admirable. "Try and fail but don’t fail to try"
and "If you're going to do a job be the best at that job no matter what profession you choose". The author clearly has compassion and admiration for Sarah and the research towards this book was very thorough. I felt the dialog at times is too academic and didn't suit the story telling. Regardless I could not stop listening to this story of Sandra Pankhurst, she has a heart bigger than this universe! "
Sharon (5 out of 5 stars)