This book is about ghosts and gods and flying saucers and certainty in the absence of knowledge.
From award-winning author Sarah Krasnostein comes an exploration of the power of belief. Weaving together the stories of six extraordinary ordinary people, The Believer looks at the stories we tell ourselves to deal with the distance between the world as it is, and the world as we’d like it to be. How they can stunt us – or save us.
Some of the people you will meet believe in things most people don’t. Ghosts. UFOs. Heaven and the Devil. The literal creation of the universe in six days.
Others believe in things most people would like to. Dying with autonomy. Facing one’s own transgressions with an open heart.
In this intensely personal and gorgeously written new book Krasnostein talks with her characteristic compassion and empathy to these believers – and finds out what happens when their beliefs crash into her own.
'The Trauma Cleaner is a disturbing and fascinating read with a heavy, beating heart at its centre…[Krasnostein] shows how a writer can empathise and engage with a subject yet still paint a realistic portrait.’
Australian on The Trauma Cleaner
‘It will always be on my Top Ten List of Most Extraordinary Non-Fiction Books Ever.’
David Kirby, Best Books of 2018, LitHub on The Trauma Cleaner
‘Krasnostein is a master storyteller of creative non-fiction and I am in awe.’
Sarah Schmidt, author of See What I Have Done, on the The Trauma Cleaner
‘Wields emotion, truth and reality with one-of-a-kind dexterity.’
Elle Australia on The Trauma Cleaner
‘ [A] one-of-a-kind biography.’
Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review Summer Reading Guide on The Trauma Cleaner
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