Small Fry (Paperback)

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You can't ignore what makes Lisa Brennan-Jobs' story unique. Her father was one of the most influential people in the world during his lifetime, and helped change the course of human history forever. But for much of her young childhood, Steve Jobs didn't even acknowledge his paternity. Lisa and her mother struggled to make ends meet while her father made a fortune with Apple in the 1980s. When her relationship with her mother began to sour in middle school, Steve began to pay more attention to Lisa and she moved in with him. This is a remarkable firsthand account of life with the man who could be mean and distant, yet oddly affectionate at times. Lisa's writing is descriptive and insightful and the result makes for a very powerful memoir.

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A NEW YORK TIMES AND NEW YORKER TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR

"Beautiful, literary, and devastating."--New York Times Book Review - "Revelatory."--Entertainment Weekly - "A masterly Silicon Valley gothic."--Vogue -"Mesmerizing, discomfiting reading... A book of no small literary skill."--New Yorker - "Extraordinary... An aching, exquisitely told story."--People - "The sleeper critical hit of the season."--Vulture

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR NPR, AMAZON, GQ, VOGUE (UK), BUSTLE, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, AND INDIGO

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. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is a poignant coming-of-age story from one of our most exciting new literary voices.

Praise for Small Fry

"An intimate, richly drawn portrait... The reader of this exquisite memoir is left with a loving, forgiving remembrance and the lasting impression of a resilient, kindhearted and wise woman who is at peace with her past."--San Francisco Chronicle

"A heartbreaking memoir, beautifully rendered...It's a love story for the father that she had, flaws and all... A wise, thoughtful, and ultimately loving portrayal of her father."--Seattle Times

About the Author


LISA BRENNAN-JOBS lives in Brooklyn and Small Fry is her first book. Her articles and essays have appeared in Vogue, O Magazine, Southwest Review, Massachusetts Review, Harvard Advocate, and the Los Angeles Times.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780802147219
ISBN-10: 0802147216
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: June 18th, 2019
Pages: 416
Language: English