Small Fry (Hardcover)

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"I'd given up on the possibility of a grand reconciliation, the kind in the movies, but I kept coming anyway.” Brennan-Jobs recounts the hardship of growing up with a distant father like only a great writer can. By the time she turned two, Apple had gone public and money was no longer an issue, but that didn’t mean the hardships were over. Read about what it's like to grow up with Steve Jobs as your father. Anyone interested in Silicon Valley or sincere autobiographical writing will be pleasantly surprised. -Alberto

— From Fall Booknotes 2018


A frank, smart and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs.

Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents--artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs--Lisa Brennan-Jobs's childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa's father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he'd become the parent she'd always wanted him to be.

Small Fry is Lisa Brennan-Jobs's poignant story of childhood and growing up. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide, marveling at the particular magic of growing up in this family, in this place and time, while grappling with her feelings of illegitimacy and shame. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is an enthralling story by an insightful new literary voice.

About the Author

Lisa Brennan-Jobs lives in Brooklyn and Small Fry is her first book.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780802128232
ISBN-10: 0802128238
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: September 4th, 2018
Pages: 400
Language: English