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The Trauma Cleaner

One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster
Aug 31, 2018DFZ rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Poignant, complex, messy and marvelous, The Trauma Cleaner documents the life of a trans woman who has survived and thrived through failures and success both, making a life and niche for herself despite transphobia at the hands of her parents, police, and society. This book is more than just about cleaning in the aftermath of traumatic events, deaths, or in the face of hoarding. It is about the trauma of the kind of masculinity that abuses and wounds and weaponizes itself against those it sees as weaker. It is about the trauma of being transgender in a world where so many seek to punish any perceived deviation from the norm. It is about the trauma of a hard childhood and how that follows you. It is about hardships and trauma of surviving life in a society that prefers to keep some on the margins. This book is visceral, delving deep into the metaphorical and literal shit that trauma can bring. If you’re seeking viscera and not just the visceral, this book may not be for you.