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The Trauma Cleaner

One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster
Sep 12, 2019STPL_JessH rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
First, let me say that the audiobook narration by Rachel Tidd was outstanding. She read with compassion and clarity and her work is the reason I actually finished the book. I really struggled with Sarah Krasnostein's valorization of Sandra Pankhurst. Sandra can do no wrong in Krasnostein's telling. She actually spends a great deal of time defending actions Sandra herself does not defend. I found the gratuitous descriptions of violence unnecessary, especially since I was listening instead of reading the print version and was not able to just skip those paragraphs. These sections could have been handled much more discreetly by Krasnostein. Please do not misunderstand me. I am in now way attempting to bypass or deny the trauma Pankhurst faced; I am simply making the point that how much detail to include is a choice authors have the ability to make. I also struggled with the amount of time Krasnostein spends inserting herself into the narrative. I can appreciate that she is a participant-observer; however, I am not reading her biography. I picked up the book because I was interested in trauma cleaning. Instead, I ended up reading what Krasnostein herself calls a love letter.