The book will be published tomorrow. And Patrick is promoting it on influential "60 Minutes" this evening. That's what Christopher Rowland and Matt Viser report in the Boston Globe. It ranks 1,389 on Amazon.com. Here you can order it.
The tone is earnest. The content raw and detailed about both the Kennedy family's emotional struggles and those of his own nuclear family.
Human beings from "normal" families might be asking why is Patrick airing the alleged dirty laundry (His brother Ted contends some information is inaccurate)?
Well, researchers and hands-on therapists both hammer how writing about "it" can help one sort out and actually heal. When I had my own dark night of the soul in 2003, cognitive therapist in West Hartford, Connecticut, Amy C. Karnilowicz, insisted I write a book about what was going down.
And, that I did. By time it was completed (although no agent accepted it for publication) I had gotten a job, sold my house at a windfall profit that paid off almost all my debt, and had learned to push back. .
Patrick is doing what he got to for his pain. My hope is that his account of his family's and his own struggle gives others the strength to write their own stories. Publication is irrelevant. What does count is getting it out of one's inner darkness into the light.