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Patrick Kennedy memoir exposes rift among his relatives

FILE - In a Monday, March 30, 2015 file photo, former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy speaks at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, in Boston. A new memoir by Kennedy takes a hard look at his life, and how he and family members including his father struggled with substance abuse and mental health issues as America’s most famous political family.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

FILE – In a Monday, March 30, 2015 file photo, former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy speaks at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, in Boston. A new memoir by Kennedy takes a hard look at his life, and how he and family members including his father struggled with substance abuse and mental health issues as America’s most famous political family. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ex-congressman Patrick Kennedy’s mother says she didn’t know her son was writing a book and she didn’t help him with it in any way.

Kennedy’s memoir, “A Common Struggle” came out Monday, October 5, and details family secrecy, substance abuse and mental illness in himself and relatives, including his father, late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Patrick Kennedy’s mother, Joan Kennedy, released her reaction through a friend, attorney Margo Nash. Joan Kennedy says she was not given a copy of the book and hasn’t seen it, according to Nash.

A spokesman for Patrick Kennedy says Joan Kennedy was interviewed for the book.

His older brother, Ted Kennedy Jr., on Sunday, October 4, called the book inaccurate and unfair.

Patrick Kennedy has said he is “trying to bring light to all family stories” by telling his own.

 

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