Notes from the Trauma Party | Critical Book Review

Autofiction gets a gritty makeover in Michael Keen’s “Notes from the Trauma Party.” While the protagonist may share the author’s name, don’t be fooled – this is no ordinary memoir. Keen dives headfirst into a chaotic narrative, weaving together moments both profound and mundane with reckless abandon.

A Rapid-Fire Philosophy of Everyday Existence

Keen, a social worker with a penchant for cocaine, offers a frenetic glimpse into his world of mental illness, relationships, and self-reflection. The scattered notes, devoid of chronological order, serve as snapshots of his tumultuous life, forcing readers to navigate the chaos alongside him.

Cocaine-Fueled Chaos and Existential Reflections

The drug-fueled narrative propels the story forward, but at what cost? While Keen’s addiction drives the plot, it often overshadows any semblance of personal growth or redemption. What begins as a quest for self-discovery devolves into a relentless pursuit of the next high, leaving readers craving substance beyond the white lines on the bathroom sink.

A Flurry of Dark Humor and Sharp Dialogue

Despite its shortcomings, “Notes from the Trauma Party” delivers a compelling read. Keen’s sharp wit and acerbic voice draw readers in, offering moments of dark humor amidst the chaos. Fans of Kevin Maloney and Ben Lerner will find solace in Keen’s unapologetic exploration of life’s complexities.

Final Thoughts: A Compelling Nighttime Read

In the end, “Notes from the Trauma Party” is a rollercoaster of emotions – equal parts hilarious and harrowing. While it may falter in its pursuit of deeper meaning, it remains a captivating read, perfect for late-night escapades into the absurdity of existence.

Publisher, Genre, Print Length, and ISBN

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
Tailwinds PressLiterary Fiction / Autofiction184 pages9798985312461

Autofiction gets a gritty makeover in Michael Keen’s “Notes from the Trauma Party.” While the protagonist may share the author’s name, don’t be fooled – this is no ordinary memoir. Keen dives headfirst into a chaotic narrative, weaving together moments both profound and mundane with reckless abandon. A Rapid-Fire Philosophy of Everyday Existence Keen, a…